Lithograph from the Pacific Railroad Survey
up Sahwatch [Saguache] Creek, September 1st, 1853
(larger scan and history
Lithograph - a
lithograph printed from 2 or 3 stones, one producing the details of the
image in black ink, and 1 or 2 others providing some wash-like coloring
(typically fawn, blue, green or gray).
1853, the U.S. Congress authorized the Corps of Topographic Engineers to
undertake a survey of potential rail routes between the Mississippi River
and the Pacific Ocean. This print is an illustration from the report
of the survey at the 38th and 39th parallels under the leadership of Captain
John W. Gunnison, assisted by Lt. Edward G. Beckwith, who surveyed routes
in Kansas, Colorado and Utah. Gunnison, Richard H. Kern, topographer
and artist to the expedition, and seven others were killed by Ute Indians
along the Sevier River in Utah. Beckwith assumed leadership and the
survey explored routes at the 41st parallel which Beckwith (and Gunnison
before him) recommended as an economical and practicable route.
Although this suggestion had little influence at the time of the survey,
the first transcontinental railroad completed in 1869, when the Union Pacific
and the Central Pacific Railroads were joined at Promontory Point, Utah,
basically followed Beckwith's route.
This lithograph is 146 years old; it is not a modern reproduction.
Title: Coo-che-to-pa Pass. View looking
up Sahwatch Creek, September 1st 
a sketch by Richard H. Kern
Richard Kern was the artist of
the Pacific Railroad Survey at the 38th and 39th parallels; he was the
one who traveled with the survey and made the original drawings and paintings.
He was killed in October, 1853 by Ute Indians in Utah.
Sarony, Major & Knap, New York.
Size: 8 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches.
Size including margins: 11 3/8 x 8 1/2
inches. (Scan below includes margins)
~~~ Cochetopa Pass is
10,067 feet high. Cochetopa means 'pass of the buffalo' in