Burritt's Sectional and Township Map of Minnesota Compiled from the latest authentic sources by J.B. Power, Chief Draughtsman Sur. Genl. Office, St. Paul, Minn. 1870. . E. H. BURRITT.
Burritt's Sectional and Township Map of Minnesota Compiled from the latest authentic sources by J.B. Power, Chief Draughtsman Sur. Genl. Office, St. Paul, Minn. 1870. . .
A Scarce, Attractive Map of Minnesota
With Important, Early Railroad Information
[St. Paul, 1870/1871]

Burritt's Sectional and Township Map of Minnesota Compiled from the latest authentic sources by J.B. Power, Chief Draughtsman Sur. Genl. Office, St. Paul, Minn. 1870. .

34 ½ x 30 1/2 inches, Reinforced at junctures of folds with virtually no loss; very good.

Scarce. A large, richly detailed map of the state of Minnesota, revealing the dramatic expansion of railway connections from the Great Lakes into the West. First printed in 1870, the map was quickly updated with this 1871 edition in order to keep up with the rapid changes taking place in the region’s railways. Many railways marked “under construction” in the earlier edition are shown in greater states of completion here. Most notably, the Northern Pacific Rail Road (whose construction began in February of 1870) is shown complete from Duluth to Detroit Lake; it does not appear in any form on the 1870 map.

The map’s cartouche is surmounted with an eagle and is decorated with an attractive panorama displaying a steamboat on a river and a railroad winding through the mountains to the plains. The “Table of Distances by Rail Road and Steamboat Lines in Minnesota” do not yet reflect destinations on the Northern Pacific Railway but has have been updated with regard to several lines, most notably the Minneapolis, Stillwater and Duluth Railroad and the Southern Minnesota Railroad, the latter showing great improvement on the map itself.

A search for the 1870 edition of the map reveals only three institutional copies; this edition is only marginally less rare, with four examples in institutional collections (University of Chicago, Harvard, the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota).

Not in Phillips; not in Wheat; Checklist of Printed Maps of Mid West (Minnesota) 0809.

Price: $2,000.00

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