Map of Boston and adjacent cities


Map of Boston and adjacent cities

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Title:
Map of Boston and adjacent cities
Description:
Produced by the firm of J.H. Colton and Company, a leading mid-19th century American publisher of steel engraved maps and atlases, this map portrays Boston just prior to the reclamation of Back Bay. The street grid of this area is dotted in anticipation of this important city venture. While the Mill Dam (currently Beacon Street) and the railroad crossings still dominate Back Bay, the modernization of this area is imminent. The dotted grid, which indicates the projected street plan for the area, is based on the work of David Sears, who acquired rights to a large area of the mud flats in the 1840s in anticipation of the land-filling project. This plan includes a scheme for an oval lake in the middle of Back Bay which Sears believed would make the adjacent house lots more desirable and would "ornament" the city.
Creator:
Colton, J. H. (Joseph Hutchins), 1800-1893
Contributor:
J.H. Colton & Co
Name on Item:
J.H. Colton
Date:
1855
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Private Collection
Collection (local):
MapArt Collection
Subjects:
Boston (Mass.)--Maps
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Publisher:
New York : J.H. Colton & Co.
Notes:
Appears in G.W. Colton's General atlas. New York. 1855.
Extent:
1 map : tinted ; 37 x 31 cm.
Scale:
Scale not given
Language:
English
Identifier:
05_04_000079
Barcode:
39999052509468
Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
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