Contemporary Manuscript Map of the California Gold Regions

Locating “Gold First Discovered”

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252. [MAP]. CALIFORNIA GOLD DISTRICT. MITCHELL, A.T. Well executed manuscript map on laid paper, in ink and with light blue wash in Pacific Ocean, entitled “Gold Distrct [sic] in California,” with autograph note in pencil on verso: “Ellen, I send you this small map of the Gold Regions with my respects. A few lines from you would be read with pleasure. Yours with esteem. A.T. Mitchell[?].” N.p., n.d. [California Gold District, ca. 1849-1850]. 13.3 x 8.5 cm. One small hole at left, pencil writing very light, overall very good, an amazing survival of a Gold Rush map drawn on the spot. Maps of this type and quality are seldom found, and the pensive note on verso adds human interest.

     This handsome little map has symbols to indicate, towns. ranchos, and roads, and mark indicating the location where “Gold first discovered.” The main rivers located and named are the Sacramento, American, and San Joaquin. Bays located and named are “Bay of San Francisco,” [San] “Pablo Bay,” and “Susan Bay” [Suisan]. Tributaries along the Sacramento include “Cheo R.” (Big Chico Creek?), “Butte River” (Black Butte River), Feather R. (off the Feather River are Yuba River and Bear Creek). On the American River are Middle Feather, South Fork, and Mill. Along the San Joaquin River are Consumnes River, “Muekelnes R.” (Mokelumne River), “Calveres River” (Calaveras River), “Stanislaus R.,” an decipherable name (perhaps Tuolumne River?), “Mercedes” (Merced River). Locations include Sutter’s Fork and Murphy’s.


Sold. Hammer: $5,000.00; Price Realized: $6,125.00.

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