near the 41st parallel - May, 1854
(Including the location on the Sevier River where Gunnison, Kern and others
from the Survey at the 38th-39th parallels met their end.)
From the Great Salt Lake to the Humboldt Mountains (now called the Ruby Mountains)
Including Rivers and Towns between 112° and 115°30´ west longitude
and 39° and 42° degrees north latitude. The routes of the Survey Party are
indicated, including their campsites, which are indicated by date.
More extensive topographical details are provided for the mountains south
of the Great Salt Lake, and of the Goshute and Humbolst Mountains.
18 x 20.5 inches
Please click here to see detail scans.
Historical notes below
History: In 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 41st parallel under the leadership of Lt. Edward G. Beckwith, in the region between the Green River Valley and the Sacramento River Valley, conducted in 1854. Beckwith's survey was a continuation of the survey at the 38th and 39th parallels headed by Captain John Gunnison, which was terminated in October, 1853 after Gunnison, artist Richard Kern and others were killed by Indians along the Sevier River, in what is now Utah. The precisely detailed landscape drawings of Egloffstein were coordinated with the maps produced. The specific location from which the five panoramas were drawn is indicated on the relevant map. ~~~ This map details the 41st parallel survey route during May, 1854. This map is coordinated with the PANORAMA of Goshute Passage; the position from which this panorama was drawn is indicated on this map - shown in one of the detail scans.
The Library of Congress in conjunction with the University of Michigan has put the entire Pacific Railroad Survey on the Internet. If you would like to read the narrative of the survey near the 38th and 39th parallels that corresponds to the Maps and Lithographs, click on the link below and then read the first and second reports in Volume II.