Item #1144 Vicinity Map of Death Valley. Pacific Coast Borax Company.
Vicinity Map of Death Valley
Vicinity Map of Death Valley
Vicinity Map of Death Valley
Vicinity Map of Death Valley
Vicinity Map of Death Valley
Vicinity Map of Death Valley
Vicinity Map of Death Valley
Vicinity Map of Death Valley
Vicinity Map of Death Valley

Vicinity Map of Death Valley

Pacific Coast Borax Company, circa 1930s. [Maps, Railroads, Californiana] Very Rare Lithograph Negative Vicinity Map of Death Valley: The Bottom of the Western Desert Basin Showing Railroads and Highways Leading Thereto from East and West, Pacific Coast Borax Company, circa 1930s, 24 x 19.75 inches.

Large plastic negative; highly detailed lithograph; lithographer’s tape near top edge shows signature – possibly the artist’s. Strip of orange plastic affixed to bottom with lithographer’s tape. 2-inch dent near bottom middle; a few very small (less than ¼ inch) dents, mostly near edges; overall in very good condition.

This map negative shows both the Death Valley Railroad between Ryan and Death Valley Junction, and the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, as well as the Santa Fe Railroad, all of which were used to transport the borax mined by PCB. The map encompasses a large area, from Bakersfield and Los Angeles to the Colorado River. The Hoover Dam is labeled “Boulder Dam”; as the dam was not completed until 1936, this map was likely produced sometime after that, but before the name “Hoover Dam” was officially restored by Congress in 1947.

The Pacific Coast Borax Company (PCB) was founded in 1890 by the “Borax King” Francis Smith, an American who had been in the borax business since 1872, gradually acquiring more and more borax interests in central Nevada and California. The company established and aggressively marketed the “20 Mule Team Borax” trademark, and, for a time, became the world’s largest borax mining operation. PCB merged with the United States Potash Corporation in 1956 to form U.S. Borax, which was acquired by Rio Tinto Minerals in 1967.

No copies found in OCLC, commerce, or past auctions. Likely one-of-a-kind. One copy of the paper map produced from this negative found on Worthpoint. A very unique item – would look great framed! Very Good. Item #1144

Price: $300.00