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1937 Shope Pictorial Map of Montana

Montana. Frontier. Pioneer.

1937 Shope Pictorial Map of Montana


Incredile pictorial map recounting Montana's frontier history.



Montana. Frontier. Pioneer.
  1937 (dated)    16 x 21.5 in (40.64 x 54.61 cm)     1 : 1700000


This is a 1937 Irvin Shope pictorial map of Montana. The map depicts the state from Idaho to the Dakotas and from Canada to Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park. Highly detailed, myriad captions, vignettes, and other illustrations populate the map, creating a visual representation of Montana's history. Most of the captions recount tales of the Wild West, outlaws, vigilantes, and frontier violence and 'justice' abound. Others inform the viewer of more conventional milestones, such as the location of the first Territorial Legislature or that Virginia City was the first capital of the Montana Territory. Numerous cities and towns of all sizes are labeled, including Helena, Missoula, and Bozeman. Vignettes frame the map, illustrating 'the major frontier industries: trapping, mining, cattle and sheep raising, and lumbering'. A legend along the bottom border explains the various notations utilized on the map.

This map was created by Irvin Shope in 1936 and published by the Montana State Highway Department in 1937.


Irvin 'Shorty' Shope (1900 – November 22, 1977) was an American artist, particularly of the American West. Born in Boulder, Montana, and at the age of nineteen he began working as a ranch hand and rode the range intermittently until the age of thirty. He received a degree in fine arts from the University of Montana in 1933 and began seriously working as a commercial artist in 1935, although he had received commissions before then. He died in Helena, Montana, having lived nearly all his life in the West. Shope was also one of the founding members of the Cowboy Artists of America.


Very good. Wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to fold separations. Text on verso.


Rumsey 8585.003. OCLC  9152005.
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