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Very Early Real Estate Promotional Map of Wichita—1887

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294.     [MAP]. EVERTS, L[ouis] H. & CO. Map of Wichita Kansas. 1887. Compiled by the Publishers, L.H. Everts & Co., Philadelphia, Pa. Assisted by N.F. Niederlander, Real Estate Agent, Wichita, Kansas. 1050 feet to the inch. [lower right] From N.F. Niederlander, Real Estate, Abstracts, Loans and Insurance. Office: Corner Topeka and Douglas Avenues, Wichita, Kansas. [lower left center] L.H. Everts & Co. Publishers Phila. Pa. [lower left] I, the undersigned, do certify that the maps and Plate of Sedgwick County, Kansas, drawn by Mr. C.R. Allen, are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. R.W. Lutrell. Wichita, Kansas, 1887. Lithograph map of Wichita, Kansas, showing block and lot numbers, tracts, owners of some parcels, etc., printed on smooth, thin cartographical paper, original hand coloring; neat line to neat line: 90.5 x 83 cm. Creased where formerly folded, a few tears at folds (dime-size loss at one fold affecting map proper), otherwise fine, with purple ink stamp “Compliments of Niederlander” firm at lower left. At lower right on the map is another ink stamp adding the new Linwood Park addition. The map has eighteen lines of contemporary ink notations such as: “1870-50 inhabitants,” along with a hand-written poem: “Hast ever been to Wichita, | Where rolls the dark Arkansas down; | And fifty miles of street car line | Can scarcely roll one o’er the town.”

     First edition of one of the earliest maps of Wichita, an adaptation of Everts’ 1887 map of Wichita from his Official State Atlas of Kansas (see Item 14 herein), with additions and larger format (see Rumsey 2818 for the mother map). The earliest map of Wichita indicated by OCLC is Everts’ 1887 map from his Kansas Atlas. Bird’s-eye views of Wichita appeared in 1873 and 1878 (see Reps, p. 309). Not in Phillips, America. No copies located on OCLC.

     This rare and interesting map shows how the maps in county and town atlases were recycled and used for various purposes. The map documents boosterism and growth at a time when the town was evolving at a rapid rate due to the influx of people who came to hunt and trade and the town’s pivotal position on the Chisholm Trail for cattle drives headed north to access railroads to eastern markets. The ink notes, in addition to the amusing doggerel, provide information such as population, number of churches (28), number of students at Garfield University (700), electrical lights (400), “3,500 car-loads of cattle shipped from Wichita 1871,” etc.


Sold. Hammer: $850.00; Price Realized: $1,020.00

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