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1866 Johnson Map of Washington, Oregon and Idaho

Johnson's Washington Oregon and Idaho. - Main View

1866 Johnson Map of Washington, Oregon and Idaho


Johnson's map depicting the newly formed Idaho Territory, predating the exploration of the Yellowstone Valley.



Johnson's Washington Oregon and Idaho.
  1866 (undated)     13.5 x 17 in (34.29 x 43.18 cm)     1 : 4450000


This is Johnson and Ward’s beautifully hand colored 1866 map of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with parts of modern day Montana and Wyoming. This map shows cities, topographical features, railways, ferries and roads with color coding at the county level. Additionally shows several American Indian tribes, forts, mines, important mountain passes, the route of famous explores including Fremont (1843), and the ill-conceived Stevens route for the Pacific Railroad.

The origins of this map can be traced to Johnson's acquisition of J. H. Colton's c. 1855 map plates. Due to the rapidly changing political situation in the Pacific Northwest during the middle part of the 19th century, Johnson was forced to update his map of this region on an annual and sometimes semi-annual basis, thus making all editions extremely ephemeral. This example follows the consolidation of Washington's western border and the creation of somewhat indistinct Idaho and Dakota territories. It also predates the exploration of the stunning Yellowstone Valley.

Features the fretwork style border common to Johnson's atlas work from 1863 to 1869. Published by Johnson and Ward as plate no. 65 in the scarce 1866 edition of Johnson's Family Atlas.


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