This is an 1884 Rand McNally map of New Mexico. The map depicts the region from Utah and Arizona to Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas and from Colorado to Mexico and Texas. Highly detailed, myriad cities and towns are identified throughout the region, including Santa Fe, Taos, and Las Cruces in New Mexico, Silverton and Trinidad in Colorado and El Paso in Texas. Eighty different mining districts are numerically identified in New Mexico and correspond with an index situated along the right side. The region's road and railroad network are also illustrated, with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad among those labeled. The township grid created by the Public Land Survey System is also overlaid on the map, allowing prospective settlers the opportunity to purchase land with precision. This fact would not have been lost on T.B. Mills, whose stamp is present along the right border. Per this stamp, Mr. Mills dealt in land, livestock, and other goods out of Las Vegas, New Mexico, a town nearly due east of Santa Fe. Mountains, rivers, and other physical features are also noted.
Census and Publication HistoryThis map was created and published by Rand McNally and Company in 1884. Although probably initially published in some quantity, only four known examples are cataloged in the OCLC. The current example, featuring the stamp from T.B. Mills, has character due to the presence of this stamp and its tie to commerce in the American West.
Rand, McNally and Co. (fl. 1856 - present) is an American publisher of maps, atlases and globes. The company was founded in 1856 when William H. Rand, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, opened a print shop in Chicago. Rand hired the recent Irish immigrant Andrew McNally to assist in the shop giving him a wage of 9 USD per week. The duo landed several important contracts, including the Tribune's (later renamed the Chicago Tribune) printing operation. In 1872, Rand McNally produced its first map, a railroad guide, using a new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As Chicago developed as a railway hub, the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of railroad maps and guides. Over time, the firm expanded into atlases, globes, educational material, and general literature. By embracing the wax engraving process, Rand McNally was able to dominate the map and atlas market, pushing more traditional American lithographic publishers like Colton, Johnson, and Mitchell out of business. Eventually Rand McNally opened an annex office in New York City headed by Caleb S. Hammond, whose name is today synonymous with maps and atlases, and who later started his own map company, C. S. Hammond & Co. Both firms remain in business. Learn More...
Very good. Even overall toning. Light wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to fold separations. Blank on verso.