Colorful, Uncommon Boomtown Mining Map of Goldfield, Nevada

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256. [MAP]. CHUTE, Elmer J. (publisher) & R.W. Griswold (cartographer). Elmer J. Chute’s Map of the Goldfield Mining District Nye and Esmeralda Counties, Nevada. 1905, Scale... Copyright 1905 By Elmer J. Chute E.M. Goldfield, Nev. Price: Wall Map $5.00, Pocket Map $1.00 [upper left, untitled inset, location map][above neat line, lower right] Designed and Drawn by R.W. Griswold [below neat line, lower right] Rand, McNally & Co. Chicago. Goldfield, Nevada: Elmer J. Chute, 1905 & Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1905. Lithograph map on township and range grid, printed on calendared paper mounted on original cartographic cloth, showing mining district, specific claims in original color (green, yellow, blue, and rose); neat line to neat line: 62.8 x 58 cm; overall sheet size: 67 x 62 cm. Creased where folded, mounted on cartographic linen. Light chipping and mild soiling to blank margins, a few splits at folds (no losses), else very good. Uncommon (OCLC locates copies at University of Nevada at Las Vegas & University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee). Old pencil notation on verso: “Chute’s Bullfrog Mining District 1905.”

     First edition of a map historically important and visually interesting, with its colorful mosaic presentation of the mining claims. Not in Paher (Nevada). University of Nevada website “Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years”

Goldfield was one of Southern Nevada’s primary mining capitals, along with its neighbor, Tonopah [see herein], located 25 miles to the north. Tonopah’s silver discovery in 1900 and Goldfield’s gold strike in 1902 opened south and central Nevada to development. In the fall of 1902, Shoshone prospector Tom Fisherman brought a sample of ore he had found into Tonopah. Two other prospectors, Billy Marsh and Harry Stimler, decided to travel back to Goldfield with Fisherman who then discovered float gold on Columbia Mountain. They established a camp near the base of the mountain and christened it “Grandpa,” believing it would be the granddaddy of all camps.... In April 1904, The Goldfield News proclaimed that Goldfield was “the greatest camp ever known”.... People flocked to Goldfield from all over the country looking to make their fortunes in this, the last of the great gold rushes, or just find work in the mines or in the many businesses in town. Goldfield continued booming in 1906; by the end of the year the population had reached 30,000.

     In the years 1903 to 1905, growth was extremely rapid as people stampeded into town to mine the area. Numerous businesses and structures grew up very quickly, followed by a railroad in 1905. By 1906, the amount of ore taken out was valued at approximately $15,000,000. All was not well, however, as labor troubles broke out in opposition to mining company practices. Despite those problems, the town continued to grow and even had a luxury hotel with private baths and a restaurant that served oysters and squid. Decline followed rapidly. In 1913, a flood destroyed much of the city. In 1918, the largest company ceased operations, and in 1923, a fire burned much of the town, effectively marking the end of the Goldfield mining venture.


Sold. Hammer: $800.00; Price Realized: $980.00.

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