General Land Office: Map of Public Surveys in the Territory of Washington. 1865. Department of the Interior, General Land Office, October 2nd 1866. Jo. S. Wilson, Commissioner. Surveyor General's Office, Olympia, W.T., July 15th, 1866. E. Giddings. Act. Survr. Genl. W.T. No. 22. Bowen & Co. lith. Philadelphia. (Height 65 cm., width 81 cm., Scale 1 : 785,000 ).
The map is folded as issued, paper lightly toned, very light humidity toning at folds and along western border of map. Over all still in very good condition.
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This map is considered one the most accurate and detailed early maps of the Washington Territory. The map is in partial color with counties colored at the borders. The map provides a clear depiction of both population distribution and geography within Washington. Much of the eastern portion of the state is devoid of population centers, with Indian lands, government lands, wagon roads, military roads, ferry landings, projected railroads and railroads denoted. One is immediately drawn to the more densely populated regions along the Pacific coast. A color code reference key is provided to denote the gold workings and mines, coal lands, lead and silver claims, and coal oil claims. General Land Office maps are an essential historical tool for the early mapping of many states in the U.S., especially those west of the Mississippi.