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Map – Bird’s-eye View of Jewett City, 1889

Jewett City, Conn, bird’s-eye map by Lucien R. Burleigh
Jewett City, Conn, bird’s-eye map by Lucien R. Burleigh, Troy, NY: Burleigh Lithograph, 1889 – Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries panoramic or perspective maps, also known as bird’s-eye views and aero views, were used to depict many of Connecticut’s town and cities. This pictorial cartographic form portrayed the landscape as if viewed from above and at an angle, and those produced after the Civil War often presented an idealized view of Connecticut’s industrial centers. Generally, these maps were not drawn to scale but offered a broader perspective of the transportation routes, including street patterns and rail lines, as well as the the private homes, civic buildings, industries, and major features of the local landscape.

Detail from Jewett City, Conn, bird’s-eye map by Lucien R. Burleigh

Click here to investigate the map detail from Jewett City, Conn, bird’s-eye map by Lucien R. Burleigh, Troy, NY: Burleigh Lithograph, 1889 – Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated

The map detail above lists the following businesses along the railroad’s route:

6. Slater Library

8. W.A. Slater’s Jewett City Cotton Mills

10. Ashland Cotton Co. Mills

13. J.E. Roberts, Top Roll Coverer

14. M.E. Lincoln, Lumber & Coal

15. R.R. Station

18. Slater Co., Store

 

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Websites

“Collection of Bird’s-Eye View Maps.” Connecticut History Illustrated, 2016. Link.
“Collection of Bird’s-Eye View Maps.” University of Connecticut Libraries’, Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC), 2016. Link.
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