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47. E. F. Ruffner. “Map showing the lines of communication between Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico” (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Department of the Missouri, 1876). Published in Report on Lines of Communication between Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico by E. F. Ruffner. Lithograph in black and white, as issued. 14 x 18 1/2" at neat line. Sheet size: 16 x 21 5/8". Fine.

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In 1873, Army Corps of Engineers Officer E. F. Ruffner made extensive reconnaissances in southern Colorado during an expedition into Ute country. In the next year, he surveyed a wagon route from Fort Garland, Colorado, to Fort Wingate, New Mexico. Combining data from the two excursions, he produced the present map of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The map was originally published in Ruffner’s report to the Congress (H.R. Ex. Doc. 172, 44th Cong., 1st sess.) and was separately issued in 1876 by the U.S. Army Department of the Missouri in its own publication of Ruffner’s report.

The map offered here is the U.S. Army issue. It is an uncommon map, beautifully drawn and with much information not found elsewhere. Wheat compares the style of Ruffner’s map to the atlas sheets published by George Wheeler during the early 1870s and notes that Ruffner “shows the country from Pueblo to Albuquerque ([which is positioned] just below the bottom of the [neat line]), and from east of Trinidad to Fort Defiance. The San Juan ‘Mining Region’ in southwestern Colorado is displayed, together with the mountainous terrain on all sides of the Rio Grande, towns, forts, pueblos, and other settled places,” and the “proposed road” from the San Luis Valley to Fort Wingate. The map also names Santa Fe, Taos, Las Vegas, and Trinidad.

A fine and unusual map with tremendous and well-drawn topographical details of the Southern Rockies and the newly discovered San Juan mining region.

Ref.: Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, vol. V, p. 316, no. 1276.

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