Fairbanks to Council Mail and Pack Train Route Maps, 1906 (112190)

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Fairbanks to Council Mail and Pack Train Route Maps, 1906  (112190)
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Reconnaissance and Preliminary Survey for a Proposed Mail and Pack Train from Fairbanks to Council, Alaska. 1906. by J. L. McPherson, Engineer. This is a remarkable seven map set from 1906 in blue line form. we could not find listing of another copy. The map set is from McPherson's own personal file, along with perhaps 20 other maps he made while working in Alaska that are in this auction. There are five principal map sheets accompanied by a masteer index sheet and a small er index sheet. The larger maps are about 30 x 50 ". In a report of the Secretary of War (1907), it was reported the trail was proposed to be 8 feet wide. It roughly followed a portion of a Military telegraph route, as shown on the main index map. Council is only a bout 60 miles from Nome, 72 miles today by road. The proposed route also ran along a significant portion of the Yukon River, through Tanana. The area was so remote that in 1911 only one express company operated in Alaska- Wells, Fargo & Co, who only did $161 in business that year. As of this writing, it is unknown if a small private express company operated this Alaska mail route after completion, or if it was run by paid Government employees. Alaska PAcific Express Co. ran out of Skagway, but little is known. More research is needed.

Country (if not USA):
State: Alaska