Elmer J. Chute’s Map of the Goldfield Mining District Nye and Esmeralda Counties, Nevada. 1905. Elmer J./ RAND CHUTE, MCNALLY, CO.

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Well-Preserved Map of the Mines of America’s Last Gold Rush
[Chicago, 1905]

Elmer J. Chute’s Map of the Goldfield Mining District Nye and Esmeralda Counties, Nevada. 1905.

24 ¾ x 23 inches, Chromolithograph folding map on calendared paper mounted on original linen; fold wear, light toning, few stains, but very good or better condition for field-used map.

Rare, separately published map of the site of the last, great American gold rush. The map clearly plots out the claims of the many companies working the area with colors designating the largest of them. The great hopes for the area are expressed on the map in the route of a “Proposed Electric Railroad,” whose path would meander throughout much of the area. There was an actual railroad at the time, which is also shown on the map.
Gold was discovered in this southwestern Nevada area in 1902, and the literally hundreds of gold companies shown on this 1905 map indicate how explosive this gold rush was. The names of many of the mining companies—Jack Rabbit Group, Hawkeye Group, Yellow Rose Mining Co., Goldfield Lucky Strike Co., Golden Butte Mining Co.--are redolent of the Wild West, albeit in its waning years. During the period of the gold rush, which spanned the first decade of the 20th century, Goldfield became the largest city in Nevada, reaching a population of about 30,000, and it was named the seat of Esmeralda County in 1907. However, its decline was nearly as rapid as it growth, and today it is largely a ghost town.

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