Mathis, George

Scarce pictorial map of the Feather River Basin

Pictorial Map of Feather River Lakes Basin and adjoining areas

DESCRIPTION: A boomer-era 'cartogravure' of the Feather River Basin by George Mathis on the verso of a folding brochure for Gray Eagle Lodge in Blairsden, Plumas County, California. Dated within at 1955 in a hand-stamp on the recto. Coverage includes the Feather River, Long Lake, Gold Lake, Mud Lake, Smith Lake, Mt. Elwell, Frazier Falls, Mohawk Creek, Mills Peak and more.

The Feather River is a major river in Northern California, USA, with a length of about 71 miles. It is a tributary of the Sacramento River and is known for its scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and historic significance.

During the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, the Feather River became an important source of gold. Miners used hydraulic mining techniques to extract gold from the riverbed, which caused significant environmental damage and siltation of the river. The discovery of gold in the Feather River contributed to the growth of several nearby towns, including Oroville and Marysville.

In the early 20th century, the Feather River became a focal point of water development projects aimed at supplying water to the growing population and agricultural needs of California. The Oroville Dam, completed in 1968, is the tallest dam in the United States and forms Lake Oroville, a major reservoir that stores water from the Feather River.

CREATOR: Mathis, George



BODY OF WATER: Feather River

CONDITION: Good.  Clean. Two small pinholes at fold intersection. Minor archival strengthening to a few folds from verso.

COLORING: Process color.


SIZE: 17 " x 21 "


PRICE: $325


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