1861 Steel Engraving from the Pacific Railroad Survey
after F. W. Egloffstein
May 22, 1854 from a high peak east of the Pass.
Franklin River at the left middle-ground. Humboldt Valley - 40 miles wide - west of the Pass at the center. Distant snowy divide of the Humboldt and Columbia Rivers.
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Print Date: 1861.
Print Title: Humboldt Pass.
Artist: Friedrich Wilhelm von Egloffstein (1824-1885/1898). Topographical draftsman who was born in Prussia. Egloffstein served as artist and topographer to several of the exploring expeditions of the territory west of the Mississippi River. He served with the 103rd Regiment, New York Volunteers during the Civil War, attaining the rank of Brigadier General. Egloffstein also was known for developing the first commercial half-tone process of engraving in the United States which he described in a book published in 1857. (For more information see: Hanson, David A. (1993) Baron Frederick Wilhelm von Egloffstein: Inventor of the First Commercial Halftone Process in America. Printing History, 15, No. 1, 12-24.) Prepared by C. Schumann from F.W. Egloffstein.
Engraver: Selmar Siebert's Engraving and Printing Establishment, Washington, D.C..
Source: Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Made under the Direction of the Secretary of War, in 1853-56. According to Acts of Congress of March 3, 1853, May 31, 1854, and August 5, 1854. Volume XI. Washington: George W. Bowman, Printer, 1861.
Image Size: 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.
Total Size including margins: 11 3/5 x 8 1/4 inches. Please click here to view a larger scan including margins.