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October 26, 2007

“The Pittsburg of the West”

155. [MAP]. WHITNEY, W. H. Map of Pueblo County, Colorado [regional circular map within compass entitled] The Pittsburg [sic] of the West [below map] Steel Works. Smelters, Foundries, Rail Roads. Published by W. H. Whitney, [scale] T. J. Downen, Robt. Gibson. Prepared Expressly for Downen-Gibson Investment Company of Pueblo, Colorado. Real Estate. Cash Capital Fully Paid in, $25,000.... [printed pasteover below] Downen-Gibson Investment Co.... [text at upper left] R.65 Ten Reasons Why Pueblo will Make a Great City.... [untitled inset map of central-southeastern Colorado] [at left margin top] Statistics.... [lower right above neat line, symbol of Denver & Rio Grande Railroad] Denver & Rio Grande R.R. Scenic Line of the World Rock Island Route. The Great Tourist Line from the Prairies to the Mountains. Vestibuled Trains from Chicago and Intermediate Points to Denver, Pueblo and Colorado Springs. [below neat line] The Denver Lith. Co., Denver, Colo. Denver, 1888. Chromolithograph map on thin paper (blocks shaded in green tan, blue, orange; waterways in blue), neat line to line: 81 x 61 cm. Creased where formerly folded with tiny losses, otherwise very fine.

            Apparently there were various issues of the map printed for whichever promoter needed one; for instance, the Denver Public Library has the same map published for E. H. Martin & Co. and with property controlled by Hard, Downey & McClees marked in black line. This handsome map shows the city shortly after three towns (Pueblo, South Pueblo, and Central Pueblo) were consolidated to form it (Bessemer joined later, in 1894). Streets, waterways, subdivisions, and various public and private features comprise the map; among them are numerous smelters and refineries, the cattle yards, race tracks, and railroads running through the town. Considerable attention is paid to additions, and to advertising Pueblo’s prospects as “a great city.” ($750-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $881.25

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