Map of the Week Vol. 6 – Washington, D.C. and environs 1887

by Prince Of Petworth March 12, 2013 at 11:00 am 24 Comments

Click to enlarge. Source: Library of Congress

Map of the Week is written by David A., a systems librarian and map geek living in Mt. Pleasant.

This week’s 1887 map shows proposed routes north of the original city limits that never came to be. Like last week, we see New Jersey Avenue extending into Columbia Heights, but it appears that was only a proposed extension. Another proposal that never came to fruition was California Avenue, shown here intersecting New Jersey Avenue at the present-day intersection of Columbia Road and 12th Street. Columbia Heights never got the traffic circle promised in this map, but Grant Circle did end up being placed further north at New Hampshire and Illinois Avenues.

This map did get right the parkland that extends to Haines Point, more or less. The tidal basin looks a little different, but the dredged peninsula from the map looks very similar to what we ended up with.

Other highlights include streetcar lines, Deaf and Dumb Institute (later Gallaudet) and the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad and river depths. One of my favorite maps so far.


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