This is the first official map of the Catskill Forest Preserve, issued in 1899. It was produced by the New York State Fisheries, Game, and Forest Commission under the supervision of William F. Fox, then the Superintendent of Forests for New York State. This mammoth map ,printed to two sheets (four feet wide if joined), is centered on Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster Counties in New York State, on the west bank of the Hudson River. It shows the boundaries of counties, towns and individual tracts of land within those counties, with areas of forest reserve highlighted in red. Water routes, roads and railroads are also detailed; streets are named. Mountains are shown pictorially in hachure.
Determining the Limits of the Forest PreserveFollowing the 1885 establishment of the Adirondacks and Catskills as 'Forever Wild' forest preserves, the New York State Legislature established a Forest Commission to maintain care and control of the new parks. At the first meeting of this commission, no tabulation of the state owned lands thus protected existed. In 1893, the State budgeted $1000 for 'examination of title and survey of lands owned by the state on Slide Mountain in Ulster County and other parts of the Catskills...' These surveys resulted in the 'official maps and field notes' thus compiled in the present map, the first of the Catskill Forest Preserve.
Publication History and CensusThe map was printed in 1899 by the State printers, Wynkoop Hallenback Crawford Co. We find twenty-one examples catalogued by OCLC in institutional collections. We are aware of only one edition of this map.
William F. Fox (January 11, 1840 - June 16, 1909) Was an American engineer, historian, and administrator. He became the Superintendent of Forests at the Adirondack Park in New York State. Fox was born in Ballston Spa, New York to a family in the lumber trade, and graduated Union College in 1860, having studied to become an engineer. Soon enough, any career plans were put on hold with the onset of the American Civil War: He joined the 107th New York Volunteers and fought in the War, receiving a commission and advancing in rank as Captain, Major, and Lieutenant Colonel. He would commit his experiences to paper, contributing to postwar efforts to enumerate the horrors of the conflict: His 'Chances of Being Hit in Battle' was published by Century Magazine in 1888, and the following year he published 'Regimental Losses in the American Civil War.' He wrote a three volume history of the action of New York soldiers at the battle of Gettysburg as well as histories of several Union generals. In addition to his writing, Fox would continue in his family's lumber business; he travelled abroad to study modern methods in the trade, and he worked as a forester on behalf of the Blossburg Coal, Mining and Railroad Company in Pennsylvania. In 1885 he became assistant secretary to the New York State Forest Commission, served as Assistant Forest Warden from 1888 to 1891, and became the first Superintendent of Forests upon the creation of the Adirondack Park in 1892. His work as Superintendent provided the basis for the founding of the New York State College of Forestry at Cornell. Learn More...
Good condition. Reinforced splitting at some folds and fold junctures. Original boards separate. Size noted is for the complete joined map as pictured. Individual sheets measure 40.5 x 24 inches.