Empire City, Clear Creek County/Elizabethtown, Clear Creek County

A.E. Mathews

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A wonderfully detailed hand colored lithograph by A.E. Mathews (1831-1874) from his series "Pencil Sketches of Colorado, its cities, principal towns and mountain scenery", which was published in 1866. Overall this print measures 13"x19.5". This stunning lithographic view of the Rocky Mountains was created a full half-century before the mountain range and the surrounding areas gained national park status in 1915. As one of the premier views of Colorado ever produced, this rare Mathews lithograph is a romantic and picturesque depiction of the pure Colorado landscape, reflecting the fervor for Westward expansion that was dominant in mid nineteenth-century thought. This view, with its sweeping snow-capped mountains and low, tree-dotted hills is a marvelous representation of the unblemished American western landscape that captured the imagination of settlers in the early years of the United States. The Lewis and Clark Expedition from 1804-1806 was the first scientific reconnaissance of the Rocky Mountains. Specimens were collected for contemporary botanists, zoologists, and geologists. The expedition was said to have paved the way to (and through) the Rocky Mountains for European-Americans from the East, although Lewis and Clark met at least 11 European-American mountain men during their travels. Mountain men, primarily French, Spanish, and British, roamed the Rocky Mountains from 1720 to 1800 seeking mineral deposits and furs. The fur-trading North West Company established Rocky Mountain House as a trading post in what is now the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta in 1799, and their business rivals the Hudson's Bay Company established Acton House nearby. The human history of this region can be traced back to the last great Ice Age, when the Rocky Mountains were home first to Paleo-Indians and then to the indigenous peoples of the Apache, Arapaho, Bannock, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Crow, Flathead, Shoshoni, Sioux, Ute, Kutenai (Ktunaxa in Canada), Sekani, Dunne-za, and others. Paleo-Indians hunted the now-extinct mammoth and ancient bison in the foothills and valleys of the mountains. Like the modern tribes that followed them, Paleo-Indians probably migrated to the plains in fall and winter for bison and to the mountains in spring and summer for fish, deer, elk, roots, and berries. In Colorado, along the crest of the Continental Divide, rock walls that Native Americans built for driving game date back 5,400-5,800 years. A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that indigenous peoples had significant effects on mammal populations by hunting and on vegetation patterns through deliberate burning. A.E Mathews was an English immigrant whose early career was that of a traveling bookseller and artist. During his service in the Civil War he drew scenes of the conflict which were published as lithographs. In 1865, Mathews moved west and began producing the lithographs for which he is best known: images of Colorado, Montana and Rocky Mountain scenery. These views are among the earliest and rarest for theRocky Mountain West and their detail provides important historical documentation. Overall this print is in very good condition with some foxing/staining in margins. Bookseller Inventory # g10305d

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Title: Empire City, Clear Creek County/...

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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