Goldfield, Nv. Davis & Byler, 1915. Sheet map, 24 x 22 inches. Previously folded; separated along central horizontal fold. A few short closed tears at edges, not affecting map area. Light tanning. Good. Item #429
A rare map of claims in the Goldfield mining district of Nevada during World War I. The map was produced by Davis & Byler, a local firm of surveyors headquartered in the town of Goldfield during its boom years in the early 20th century. Gold was discovered in the region in 1903, setting off a gold rush and a subsequent boom in mining activity which had begun to taper off by 1915, when this map was made. Over two hundred mining claims to the north and east of Goldfield are delineated, extending from the town at lower left across the Esmerelda County line into Nye County at the right edge, with some of the more prominent mine shafts marked and labelled.
The letterbooks of Davis & Byler, located at Berkeley, demonstrate that their business was active from 1904 to 1916, but the present map is one of a very few printed and published by the firm that are recorded for this period. We locate only one copy, at UNLV.