1874 Map of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona

Presented is an original map of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona from 1874. This authentic map features the four states at the point where they converge, commonly referred to as The Four Corners. The map was issued as part of J. Davis Williams’s People’s Pictorial Atlas.

The map uses longitudinal projection lines to accurately reflect the curvature of the Earth. The map has been hand-colored by counties, showing the massive size of counties of 1874. Towns, settlements, Indian tribes, watersheds, and important topography are all labeled. Williams published the People’s Pictorial Atlas out of New York in 1874. The 52 maps included in the atlas were compiled and edited by Charles H. Jones and Theodore F. Hamilton. All of the maps included were issued in full color.

The Four Corners land was acquired by the United States following the Mexican-American War of 1848. Following the war, in 1863, Congress created Arizona Territory from the western part of the New Mexico Territory. The boundary was created with a line that ran from the southwest corner of Colorado Territory. By defining the boundary at the corner of Colorado territory, Congress essentially ensured the eventual creation of four states that met at one quadripoint. The formed area was surveyed by the United States Government in 1868 and various maps were later produced.


Overall very good condition with good coloring throughout. Light toning across paper, but otherwise no significant wear is visible. The map has been artfully framed in a custom-made frame using reclaimed window panes. The front of the frame’s glass has been painted to feature the title, date, and to highlight significant cities.

Framed dimensions: 23" H x 16 1/2" W x 1 1/4" D

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