1917 "Map of the City of Denver, Colorado" by L. L. Poates Eng. Co.

This is a detailed antique map of Denver, Colorado. The map was printed in the 1917 “New Encyclopedic Atlas and Gazetteer of the World” and first engraved by L.L. Poates Engraving Company in 1907. Centered on the Platte River, the vertical map offers intricate details of streets and blocks in Denver and indicates lakes, parks, schools, cemeteries and creeks. The city limits are clearly marked, although neighborhoods positioned just outside of the city limits are still detailed. 

Denver, Colorado was not founded until 1858. Prior to that, Colorado was mostly a stopping point for travelers on their way to California and Oregon. However, in the 1860s Colorado experienced its own gold rush shortly followed by a silver rush in the 1870s and 1880s. The sudden increase in population and introduction of railroads led to a boom in the area. 

The “New Encyclopedic Atlas and Gazetteer of the World” was edited and revised by Francis J. Reynolds, and published by P.F. Colliers and Son. The atlas featured maps by L.L. Poates. Leonard L. Poates was an American engraver and publisher who started his own company, the L. L. Poates Engraving Company, in New York City around 1910. In addition to his own popular “Handy Atlas,””Complete Atlas of the World,” “Highway and Regional Guide of the United States,” and “Radio Map of the United States and Canada,” Poates and his company worked on maps for other publishing companies’ atlases, including those issued by P. F. Colliers and Son and Dodd, Mead & Co.


Black and white, wax engraving. Paper is healthy, save one small stain at top, outside of the map. Page is printed “Page 170” in top left corner margin, “World Atlas and Gazetteer” along the top margin in the middle. “A Scale of Statue Miles” and “Scale of Feet” are presented at the top right corner of the map. The map’s title “Map of the City of Denver, Colorado” is printed along the bottom of the map at center, with copyright information at bottom right of the map’s border. 

Map has been artfully presented in a custom-built black wooden frame, with dark gray acid-free top mats, and UV Conservation clear glass.

Framed Dimensions: 19 1/2" H x 14 1/2" W x 1" D.

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