Map of Sacramento Valley/Gold Region
Larkin, Thomas O.
Date of Creation:
Boston, Mass / 1848
This map is a correct tracing of the map of Bidwell (land surveyor) by Thos. O. Larkin Esq: late consul of the U.S. for California; and stated by him to be the best for reference in California”, this is one of the earliest (if not the very earliest) published map actually to name and note the California “Mining District”.
One of the rarest maps of the California gold region, this is one of two known examples (Wheat , Gold” 349). It seems probable that Larkin had a copy of the 1844 Bidwell map in his possession at the time of the discovery of gold. He then overwrote it with the “Mining District” and sent (or carried) the map to friends in Boston who had it lithographed and published. It was likely also that it was a small run, thus accounting for its present rarity.