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Map 2: John Steele's map, 1855.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.
(Courtesy of the UNLV Manuscripts Division)

Key:
A) Fort 150 feet square
B) Corral
C) Adobes
D) Desert
E) Barren
F) California Road
G) Mesquite
H) Tooly grass--grass 2 1/2 miles long & half mile wide
I) Bluffs
J) About 25 miles to Colorado
K) Road to Colorado

This is a copy of John Steele's map of the Las Vegas mission. He was one of the Mormon missionaries sent by Brigham Young.


Questions for Map 2

1. Describe the buildings in the drawing. What purpose might they serve?

2. What geographic features did Steele include on his map, which ones might make this a good place to build a fort?

* The image on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Map 2, but be aware that the file may take as much as 35 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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