Historic trail map of the La Junta 1 degree x 2 degree quadrangle, southeastern Colorado and western Kansas

Scientific Investigations Map 2923
Prepared in cooperation with the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Department
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This historic trail map of the La Junta quadrangle contains all or part of eight Colorado and Kansas counties. Many of the historic trails in the La Junta quadrangle were used by Indians long before the white man reached the area. The earliest recorded use of the trails by white men in the quadrangle was in the 1820s when traders brought goods from St. Louis for barter with the Indians and for commerce with the Mexican settlements in New Mexico. The map and accompanying pamphlet include an introduction and the method of preparation used by the authors. The pamphlet includes a description of the early explorers along the Arkansas River and on the Santa Fe Trail, as well as roads established or proposed under General Assembly session law, Colorado Territorial corporations and charters, 1859-1876, and freighting companies. Stage companies that probably operated in the La Junta quadrangle also are described. The authors include a section on railroads in the quadrangle and north of the quadrangle along the Arkansas River. Military and civilian camps, forts, and bases are reported. Moreover, fossils and plants in the quadrangle are described. Indian tribes - Early Man or paleo-Indians, Archaic Indians, prehistoric and historic Indians, and historic Indian tribes in the quadrangle - are reported. Authors include place names within and along freight routes leading to the La Junta quadrangle. A full description of the contents along with three figures can be found in the Introduction.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Historic trail map of the La Junta 1 degree x 2 degree quadrangle, southeastern Colorado and western Kansas
Series title Scientific Investigations Map
Series number 2923
ISBN 9781411320376
DOI 10.3133/sim2923
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Surface Processes Team
Description Report: 62 p.; Map Sheet: 56 x 40 inches
Country United States
State Colorado, Kansas
Projection Universal Transverse Mercator
Scale 250000
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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