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New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut
probably before 1887
Publisher:Published by American Guide Co. , American
Lithography; black printer's ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 9 3/4 x 7 3/4in. (24.8 x 19.7cm) Sheet (height x width): 10 1/2 x 9in. (26.7 x 22.9cm)
Credit Line: The Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: This modest map was meant to serve as a guide to the city of New Haven. Though a list of streets appears on the back, there is no key, so it would have been extremely hard to use the list to locate streets on the map. Such small scale maps often were included in city directories and guide books, and perhaps this map was originally included in a publication of that sort. Besides street names--and distances from city hall--it included little other useful information for nineteenth century users, but there are several interesting tidbits for modern researchers, such as "old route" of the Shore Line Railroad and the locations of the town farm and the prison.
Description: Map of New Haven, Connecticut, with City Hall at the center, Whitneyville to the north, East Haven to the east, the harbor to the south, and Allingtown to the west. Concentric circles in one-mile increments radiate out from City Hall. City streets are labeled, and a few of the buildings of Yale College are shown, as are City Hall and the prison. The New York, New Haven and Hartford; New Haven and Derby; New Haven and Northampton; and the New York and Boston Air Line Railroads runs through town. Horse railroad lines are labeled on the streets they ran along and include the Fairhaven and Westville, Cedar Hill, New Haven and Whitneyville, New Haven and Centerville Horse Railroads. Physical features include elevation, conveyed with hachure marks, and the West, Coye and Quinnipiac Rivers. On the back is a street index.
Cartographic Note: No scale Date Note: The map must date from after 1872, the year that New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad was established, and probably dates from before 1887, the year Yale College became Yale University. However, one of the railroad lines is identified as the "old route" of the Shore Line Railroad, and that railroad apparently was relocated in the 1890s, so it is possible that the map is slightly later than 1887.
Inscription: Recto, top right corner, handwritten in pencil: "MAPS / Shelf / 98638" Center, printed in black ink: "NEW HAVEN / NEW HAVEN COUNTY, CONN. / DRAWN EXPRESSLY / FOR THE / AMERICAN GUIDE CO. / SPRINGFIELD, MASS." Verso, bottom center, handwritten in pencil: "91353"
Object Number: 2004.158.0
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