Founded in the 1860’s, the Arbuckle Coffee Company grew and expanded with 19th century America. It was a staple the cowboys carried with them on the trail, and a commodity commonly found in American homes at the time. The Arbuckle Company made a unique advertising effort in the late 1880’s and began to enclose small decorative trade cards in their packages of coffee. The front of the card contained a colorful image of children, flowers, sports or even a map, while the back of the card had their advertising and some descriptive information. Later these trade cards became so collectible that the company focused on their success and issued them separately as premiums. These charming map cards illustrate beautifully the history and character the lands. Each map shows lakes and rivers, cities and towns, forts, the population, and area in square miles. This Colorado card shows Pikes Peak, Mount of the Holy Cross, and a silver mine.