Compiled in the Bureau of Topographical Engineers of the War Department. Chiefly for Military purposes under the authority of Honorable J.B. Floyd, Secretary of War. Shows towns, wagon roads, explorers’ routes, railroads, forts, etc., approx. from Albuquerque, N.M. to Fort Lane, Or. and from Fort Laramie, Wyo. to Los Angeles, Calif. “Corrections and additions in reference to railroads in California, etc., were made in January, 1862.” The geographic region of Southwest is referred to as the New Southwest.
The photograph shows an illustration in an unidentified publication, artist’s rendition of fur trappers (“mountain men”) with Indians in the American West in the early 19th century.
This is an excerpt from a Mormon newspaper in 1858. The section discusses how six mountain men had to trek through several snow storms, and discusses their opinion on other current events at the time of its release.