Historic Map - Allentown, PA - 1879

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Bird's eye view of the city of Allentown, Pa. / drawn by O. H. Bailey.

Allentown was sometimes known as Northampton or "Northampton Town" until officially being named Allentown in 1838. The place had also been known as "Allen's Town", after William Allen, the largest landowner in the region, having purchased the tract of land that Allentown is now situated on in September, 1735. William Allen was to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the province in 1750.

This Bird's Eye View map is reproduced just as it was submitted to the Library of Congress in 1975, in the deteriorated condition that you see here. Most of the text in the lower margin is missing, but locals will appreciate the view perspective as well as the coloring of the print. The grid of the urban plan is clear and many streets will be familiar. Labeled street names are noted below. Labeled waterways on the map include the Lehigh River, Jordan Creek and the Little Lehigh River. This beautiful map provides a look at the early days of the city. Complete reference list below.

Features references to the following locations:

New Street
Union Street
Lawrence Street
Water Street
Ridge Street
Lumber Street
Tilghman Street
Allen Street
Liberty Street
Jordan Street
Furnce Street
Front Street
Gordon Street
Foundry Street
Chew Street
Turner Street
Linden Street
Hamilton Street
Penn Street
Walnut Street
Second Street
Third Street
Fourth Street
Fifth Street
Sixth Street
Seventh Street
Eighth Street
Ninth Street
Tenth Street
Eleventh Street
Twelfth Street
Thirteenth Street
Fourteenth Street
15th Street
16th Street


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