Old map of Utah & Colorado by J. H. Colton, 1873: Salt Lake City, Denver, Provo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins
Old map of Utah & Colorado by J. H. Colton, 1873: Salt Lake City, Denver, Provo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins
Old map of Utah & Colorado by J. H. Colton, 1873: Salt Lake City, Denver, Provo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins

Old map of Utah & Colorado by J. H. Colton, 1873: Salt Lake City, Denver, Provo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins

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This map, a product of the renowned American mapmaker J. H. Colton, dates back to 1873, a period in history when the United States was still in its early stages of development. It provides a unique snapshot of the states of Utah and Colorado, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past when many settlements were yet to be established and the landscape was vastly different from what we know today.

During this era, the region was still being explored and charted, with many settlements just starting to take root. The map, therefore, serves as a testament to the dynamic nature of history, reflecting the changes that have taken place over the last 150 years. The names and borders depicted on the map may have evolved or changed completely, making this piece an intriguing artifact for those interested in the historical geography of the United States.

The map features the five most notable settlements of the time in Utah and Colorado: Salt Lake City, Denver, Provo, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins. Each of these settlements has its own unique history and significance, and their depiction on this map provides a captivating insight into their early development.

Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city of Utah, was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and other followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Denver, the capital of Colorado, was established during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in 1858. Provo, located in Utah, was settled by 33 Mormon families in 1849 and is now home to Brigham Young University.

Colorado Springs, established in 1871, was known for its scenic beauty and was often referred to as "Little London" due to its popularity among English tourists. Fort Collins, founded as a military outpost of the United States Army in 1864, is now a vibrant city and home to Colorado State University.

This map by J. H. Colton is a valuable piece for collectors, historians, and anyone with an interest in the early history of the United States. It provides a unique perspective on the development of Utah and Colorado, serving as a window into the past and a testament to the enduring power of cartography. The map's intricate details and historical significance make it a truly remarkable artifact, offering a rich tapestry of history that continues to fascinate and inspire.

Utah

  1. Salt Lake City (1847): Known historically as Great Salt Lake City, it's notable as the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
  2. Provo (1849): Known for being the location of Brigham Young University, founded by the LDS Church.
  3. Ogden (1846): Known as Fort Buenaventura historically, it was a significant railway hub.
  4. Logan (1859): Known for being the location of Utah State University.
  5. St. George (1861): Notable for its warm climate and as the location of Dixie State University.
  6. Fillmore (1851): Named after President Millard Fillmore, it was Utah's first capital.
  7. Lehi (1850): Known historically as Dry Creek, it's notable for its early involvement in sugar beet farming.
  8. Cedar City (1851): Known for its proximity to rich iron mines and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
  9. Brigham City (1851): Known for its peach orchards and the annual Peach Days celebration.
  10. Richfield (1864): Established as a farming community, it's the largest city in central Utah.

Colorado

  1. Denver (1858): Known historically as Denver City, it was a mining town during the gold rush.
  2. Colorado Springs (1871): Known for its scenic beauty and proximity to Pikes Peak.
  3. Boulder (1859): Established as a base for miners, it's now home to the University of Colorado.
  4. Golden (1859): Known historically as Golden City, it was the capital of the Colorado Territory.
  5. Pueblo (1842): Established as Fort Pueblo, it was a significant trading post.
  6. Leadville (1859): Known for its silver mining, it's one of the highest incorporated cities in the U.S.
  7. Greeley (1869): Known for its experimental utopian society, the Union Colony.
  8. Fort Collins (1864): Established as a military outpost, it's now home to Colorado State University.
  9. Durango (1880): Known for the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
  10. Canon City (1858): Known for its rich fossil areas and the Royal Gorge Bridge.

Native American Tribes

  • Ute Tribe: Indigenous to Utah, known for their hunting and gathering lifestyle.
  • Shoshone Tribe: Occupied parts of northern Utah, known for their horse culture.
  • Paiute Tribe: Inhabited parts of southern Utah, known for their pottery and basketry.
  • Cheyenne Tribe: Native to Colorado, known for their warrior culture.
  • Arapaho Tribe: Occupied parts of Colorado, known for their peaceful nature and trade practices.

Natural Attractions

  • Great Salt Lake: The largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: Known for its stunning mountain vistas.
  • Colorado River: Famous for carving the Grand Canyon.
  • Pikes Peak: The most visited mountain in North America.
  • Garden of the Gods: Known for its towering sandstone rock formations.

Historical Events

  • Pike's Peak Gold Rush (1858-1861): Led to the creation of the Colorado Territory.
  • Utah War (1857-1858): A conflict between the U.S. government and the LDS Church.
  • Colorado War (1863-1865): A conflict between the U.S. and the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Sioux tribes.
  • Creation of the Colorado Territory (1861): Formed from parts of the Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico territories.
  • Joining of the Transcontinental Railroad (1869): Promontory Summit, Utah became the meeting point of the Union and Central Pacific Railroads.

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