Karl May Friends

Maps and supporting information to The Treasure In Silver-Lake




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Screenshot of zoomed map below, courtesy of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps ©2008.

Silver Lake - prominently inscribed in the 1864 Johnson Map.

SILVER LAKE

... prominently inscribed on large blank area south-west of Salt Lake City, in Utah.


Although the landscape feature is named 'Silver Lake Desert', the first two words, 'Silver Lake', right beside Lake Sevier, are nevertheless the more salient ones for a Karl-May enthusiast.



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Screenshot of zoomed map below, courtesy of Cartography Associates ©2010.
The Sohr Atlas also providing a valuable find: the range of Karl May's 'Timbabatschen'.



Timbabachi

... prominently inscribed on  area west of Colorado and San Juan River, south of the Green and Grand Rivers confluence.


The area around fictional Silver-Lake is owned by the Timbabachi (in the novel The Treasure In Silver-Lake).


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Joined and cropped section of sheet 1 (bottom rh corner) and sheet 4 (top rh corner) in Stieler's Hand-Atlas - a treasure map of a different kind. Courtesy: www.maproom.com

My own treasure map - sheet 1 and 4 from the Stieler Handatlas joined, and providing me with a number of surprises.
Image comparison between Karl May's illustration of the canyon below Silver-Lake, and the rock formation in the vicinity of the Black Canyon of Gunnison in the report to the US Government, 1855.

When I was in the process of researching the route of the group of  adventurers, led by Old Firehand, Old Shatterhand, and Winnetou, with Aunty Droll, Hobble-Frank, Long Davy and Fat Jemmy, Black Tom, Engineer Butler and his daughter Ellen, Fred Engel, as well as Missouri-Blenter among them, Karl May friend Philip and I kept stumbling upon the similarities between their route, and the one taken in 1855 by Captain Gunnison and a group of engineers, by order of the Government of the day, to find a suitable passage for the railroad construction to connect the east coast of the United States with the west coast.

The similarities of certain text passages were undeniable (see The Treasure In Silver-Lake); and when I perused the reprint of the early 1891, serialized version of the novel, courtesy of the Karl-May-Gesellschaft website, I was struck by the similarities of these two particular images.

The one on the left is the depiction of the canyon below Silver-Lake, (by artist Ewald Thiel), the description of which was inspired by Moellhausen's own published diaries of the exploration of the lower Colorado, written during the expedition under Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives in 1857, with a number of beautiful, historic sketches.

The drawing on the right is a cropped image of a drawing created by the artist on the expedition of 1855 under Captain John Williams Gunnison; it depicts a section of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. See 'Research' in The Treasure In Silver-Lake, with URL to the Gunnison report provided in the link at the top of this page.

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