Phoenix: F.W. Bower & Richard T. Belcher, 1917. Rolled map, 40.5 x 16 inches. Previously folded, with minor wear along old folds and one separation repaired with tape on blank verso. Light toning. About very good. Item #959
This detailed 1917 blueprint map depicts the Verde and Black Canyon copper mining districts in Arizona from Clarkdale and Jerome south to Phoenix. It shows the locations of dozens of mines in this region of Yavapai and northern Maricopa Counties, and delineates the path of the proposed Prescott & Phoenix Short Line Railroad. The route was planned to connect Santa Fe Rail system spurs that went to the mining areas from Ask Fork with Phoenix via a new line from Mayer. Not coincidentally, the compiler of this map, F.W. Bower, hailed from Mayer and was a published booster of mining and rail projects in his area in contemporary industry periodicals. The route had been surveyed from 1910 to 1915, but never built. A scarce depiction of railroad and mining activity north of Phoenix during the late 1910s. Not in OCLC.