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AUCTION 19

“THE RICHEST HILL ON EARTH”

92. [MAP].  HARPER, Joseph H. & Malcolm L. MacDonald. Map of Mining Claims Butte & Vicinity Montana Compiled and Published by Harper & MacDonald Butte, Silver Bow County Montana 1905. Copyright 1901 by Harper & MacDonald [lower left inside neat line]:  The Forman-Bassett-Hatch Co. Cleveland O. [inset at lower left]:  List of Claims Too Small to Name on Map.   Cleveland, Ohio:  Harper & MacDonald, 1905.  Lithograph map in full color; neat line to neat line: 72.5 x 91.7 cm, older linen backing.  Folded into contemporary half red sheep over black gilt-lettered cloth (19.7 x 9.8 cm).  Map very fine, spine of folder split in several places but no losses.  Contemporary pencil signature of T. S. Veazey, Jr., Butte, Mont.

     This map is a graphic depiction of the mining frenzy that gripped Butte in the early part of the twentieth century before the claims were consolidated by such people as Marcus Daly.  As is obvious from the plethora of several hundred claims shown on the map, one can see why this area was called “The Richest Hill on Earth.”  In addition to mining claims, the map also has various details showing such things as the Butte Reduction Works, the Electrical Light Company plant, the Centennial Brewery Company, and the Jewish Cemetery.  Clearly, the overlapping claims kept numerous lawyers busy and rich for many years.  Eventually many of these grants were consolidated into the famous Anaconda Company, whose initial holding is shown as Claim 842 near the upper center of the map. The map was prepared by Joseph H. Harper, who was a mineral and land attorney with the U.S. Land Department, and Malcolm L. MacDonald, U.S. Deputy Mineral Survey for Idaho and Montana.  ($500-1,000)

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