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1880 Street Railway Map of the City of Washington
|| 9/14/2007 || 4:28 pm || Comments Off || ||

1880street railway map 1880 Street Railway Map of the City of Washington

Using map #10 from 1880 Statistical Map of the City of Washington, I was able to make this unique, interactive, antique map mashup.

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1880 screenshot 1880 Street Railway Map of the City of Washington


Unlike the previous antique map mash-ups, the map above was created after I started working on an interactive Google Mapplet. The idea behind it was to show a “then & now” perspective on mass transit in Washington, DC. The Wikipedia article on streetcars in Washington, DC explains quite well the long history of DC’s mass transit system. The second reason this map was created was to help solicit support for the construction of new street car lines. This map shows the street railway system in it’s infancy, less than 20 years old, and not at the height of DC’s streetcar railway system in 1963 (the year it was literally scrapped). If I could wave a magic wand and have the DC Department of Transportation begin building a new line, I’d start with where the Columbia Line was. The gentrifying H Street Corridor could use a street car line from Union Station to Bladensburg Road, (which is about half the length of the original Columbia Railroad Company line) to help spur development along the corridor.

Below is the first draft of the My Google Map (the difference between Mapplet & My Google Map is that Mapplets are standarized “Google Gadgets” made for public dissemination while My Google Maps mainly designed for personal use). Up next I plan on publicly releasing this map as a Google Mapplet that allows people to turn off and on the street railway layer.

The map is not 100% perfectly drawn. There are a few places that it looks a bit off. If you would like to make modifications to the source KML you can download the souce file here.

Bibliographic Data:
From the Library of Congress Geography & Mapping Division:

City of Washington, statistical maps / compiled by Lieut. F.V. Greene, assistant to the Engineer Commissioner, July 1st 1880 ; compiled by Lieut. F.V. Greene, U.S. Eng’rs … to accompany the annual report of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia for the year ending June 30th 1880 ; Wm. T.O. Bruff, del., Eng’r Dept., D.C.

Greene, F. V. 1850-1921. (Francis Vinton),

CREATED/PUBLISHED
[Washington, D.C.] : The Commissioners, [1880]

NOTES
Covers city within the old limits (Florida Av. etc.) and Georgetown.

Relief shown by contours and gradient tints on map 2.

Title from accompanying title sheet.

Common title on map sheets at upper right: City of Washington.

Titles of contents from accompanying title sheet. Individual titles on the map sheets differ from those on the title sheet (are longer).

Some maps include statistical table.

No. 1. Valuation of property — No. 2. Established grades — No. 3. Pavements — No. 4. Shade trees — No. 5. Gas lamps — No. 6. Water mains — No. 7. Sewers — No. 8. Public schools — No. 9. Police and fire stations — No. 10. Railroads — No. 11. Telegraphs — No. 12. Street sweeping.

LC sheets mounted on cloth backing. Title sheet brittle and torn.

Scale [ca. 1:12,000].

Related Antique Map Mash-ups:



Post Title: 1880 Street Railway Map of the City of Washington
Posted in: Antique, DC, GIS, Google Maps, Interactive, Library of Congress, Location, Mass Transit, meta-data
Last edited by Nikolas Schiller on 1/25/2009 at 11:24 am



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