This map is a faithful reproduction of the original 1850 map restored to its former glory using the latest digital imaging technology.
Restored 1850's Map
Fine Art Quality
Impressively produced with Archival Inks, Rich Color Depth, and clear and vivid labels. We use premium matte paper.
We prepare the map using Fine Art Giclee production techniques. We roll the map in a sturdy tube for shipping to provide a crease-less piece of art.
Vintage State of West Coast Map
- Specs & Construction
About the Map:
Explore the geographic history of the West Coast in this historic map. This map is part of our vintage USA State Map Collection showing the geography of the states in the 1850-1860s and the time of the Civil War.
Restoration: The map is a reproduction of the original map meticulously restored to its former glory using the latest digital imaging technology. Using this technology, we carefully restored the colors, torn edges, creases, smeared writings and more. We enhanced features while keeping the original character and design of the map.
This map is unframed, sold as an art print. Frames are shown for illustration ONLY.
Geographic Details: This historic map shows many details of towns, roads, railroads, and waterways in the 19th century of the United States.
Shows historic cities such as San Francisco, Boulder, Phoenix, and more!
Explore the historic boundaries of the cities, counties, and states that have changed over the years. Discover physical changes in the geography - such as former lakes and canals used for transportation and agriculture.
Available Sizes: For an impressive display and maximum readability, choose the largest size available.
Smaller size prints make excellent wall art in groups. Please note that there is no guarantee that small text will be legible in print.
Great Gift For: Interior Designs, Teachers, History Buffs, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Friends, Family, and many more!
Production and Shipping Times: The amount of time it takes for your map to arrive depends on where you live and how fast you approve the proof if you’ve ordered a custom map. See Production & Shipping.
Quality and Guarantee: We stand behind our work and guarantee the construction and quality. Contact us if you have any problems with your map and we will coordinate to ensure you are very happy with your purchase.
Materials and Production: This reproduction is printed on Fine Art Museum Quality Paper with giclée inks. The thick paper is archival quality and acid-free with vivid color definition.
- 10 mil thick
- 230 gsm weight
- Museum Quality Matte finish
Made in the USA by a USA Small Business and Professional Geographer & Cartographer.
Shipped in a tube and rolled to eliminate creases.
History of the Time
The 1850s marked a significant era of growth, exploration, and change along the West Coast of the United States, as California, Oregon, and Washington territories experienced transformative developments that would shape their futures.
Economically, the West Coast experienced a boom during the 1850s, largely driven by the California Gold Rush. The discovery of gold in 1848 drew prospectors from around the world to California in search of riches, leading to the rapid growth of towns and settlements. San Francisco's population exploded, becoming a bustling center for trade, commerce, and maritime activity. The Gold Rush had a profound impact on California's economy, driving the development of industries that supported mining, transportation, and agriculture.
Oregon and Washington territories also saw economic growth, with the establishment of agriculture, logging, and trading activities. The fertile lands of the Willamette Valley in Oregon attracted settlers seeking opportunities in farming, while Washington's timber resources contributed to the rise of logging as a significant industry.
Politically, the West Coast territories navigated the path toward statehood and engaged with national debates. California's rapid population growth led to its admission as the 31st state in 1850. Oregon followed suit in 1859, becoming the 33rd state, while Washington remained a territory. The question of slavery's expansion was not as prominent on the West Coast as in other parts of the country, but political divisions over issues like land rights and government policies played a role in shaping their trajectories.
Cultural and social developments were also evident on the West Coast during the 1850s. The diverse populations that arrived in search of opportunities contributed to the cultural fabric of the region. Chinese immigrants played a significant role in California's growth, particularly in labor-intensive industries such as mining and railroads. The establishment of educational institutions, such as the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Washington, demonstrated a commitment to intellectual advancement.
As the 1850s came to a close, the West Coast territories were poised to play crucial roles in the events that would follow. The growth and economic development of California, Oregon, and Washington would contribute to their roles in the nation's westward expansion and political landscape.
The West Coast's involvement in the Civil War of the 1860s varied by state. California provided vital resources and support to the Union, while Oregon and Washington were further removed from the conflict's direct impact.
In conclusion, the 1850s were a transformative period for the West Coast of the United States, characterized by economic growth, political developments, and cultural diversity. The territories' paths to statehood, engagement with national debates, and contributions to the broader narrative of westward expansion highlighted their evolving identities and significance within the history of the United States.