Map of Utah and Nevada, c. 1870, Mitchell
This hand-colored map is a steel plate engraving created circa 1870 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. Nevada experienced a period of great wealth and shocking growth in the 1870s. Silver mining was the backbone of the economy at the time and attracted former gold miners from California, who then migrated to the new state. The railroad industry also connected Nevada to the Eastern part of the United States, allowing for population to spike dramatically by the end of the decade. In Utah, citizens rallied for statehood, but were denied by the Protestant government who were ashamed of the Mormon community's practice of polygamy. The US government did not grant Utah statehood until the 1890s when a manifesto was passed banning polygamous marriages.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 14" x 11"
Condition: Minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition