This is a fine example of the Guide Map of Arizona by G. S. Clason. Issued to accompany Clason's Arizona Green Guide, this folding map covers the entire state of Arizona. A legend near the bottom of the map shows the state capital, (Phoenix) county lines, county seats, railroads, rail trunk lines, Indian reservations, national forests, automobile roads and main auto roads. An index on the bottom of the map lists towns with their population. The Green Guides were published by the Clason Map Company between 1906-1931. The 32 page booklet contains detailed information about various monuments, and other interesting facts about Arizona. It also lists road names and pole markings, logs and auto routes, rivers and creeks, springs and wells, a table of the shortest railroad mileage between Arizona towns, and a commercial index of Arizona cities and towns. The guide further includes full page maps of the business districts of Phoenix and Tucson. Though this map is undated, it was most likely issued around 1920 giving that it shows the Grand Canyon National Park, which was created in 1919. This guide map of Arizona was created by George Clason and published by the Clason Map Co., Chicago, III., Denver, Colorado as part of Clason's Arizona Green Guide.
George Samuel Clason (November 7, 1874 - 1957) was born in the city of Louisiana, Missouri in 1874. As a young man, Clason studied at the University of Nebraska before joining the United States Army in 1898 to fight in the Spanish American War. After the war, he moved to Denver, Colorado where in 1905 he founded the Clason Map Company, thus starting his lucrative publishing career. Clason initially focused on mining and mineral maps - capitalizing on the Colorado and Nevada mining industry, but quickly transitioned to railroad maps, city maps, and by the 1920s, road maps. As the company expanded, Clason opened a secondary office in Chicago, Illinois - then a rising map publishing center and railroad hub. At least one other satellite office was opened in Los Angeles. Among his many achievements, Clason is credited with producing the first modern road atlas of the United States. In the late 1920s, Clason also published a series of get-rich-quick pamphlets in the form of parables. The most famous of these is The Richest Man in Babylon. This tells the story of Arkad, a citizen of Babylon famed for his great wealth and generosity who shares his wit and wisdom with his fellow Babylonians. In 1949, Clason moved to Napa, California to retire and found a social club for retired gentlemen.
Clason, G., Clason's Arizona Green Guide., 1920.
Very good. Original fold lines. Blank on verso. Accompanied by original companion booklet.