Historic Map - Birdsboro, PA - 1890

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View of Birdsboro, Berks County, P.A., 1890 / drawn & published by A. E. Downs, lith.

This reproduction view of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania was drawn by T. M. Fowler and published by T. M. Fowler & James B. Moyer, A. E. Downs, lith. in 1890. Birdsboro was established along Hay Creek in the mid-1700's by William Bird, who started an iron works here. The iron works began with a simple forge, to which Bird later added more iron forges, a large grist mill and a saw mill. His son, Mark Bird, succeeded him, and the works became one of the nation���s largest iron producers of the era and Bird, the younger, became a prominent figure of the Revolutionary War, ending with his financial failure in 1788. Birdsboro���s iron works then changed hands until 1799 when Matthew Brooke took over the iron business with his two sons, Edward and George. The two sons later carried on with the business, adding a charcoal furnace in 1846, an enlarged rolling mill and nail factory in 1848, an anthracite furnace in 1852. Birdsboro was now becoming an industrial center, with factories emerging on both sides of the creek. The Brooke brothers employed hundreds and became popular community leaders. Birdsboro was incorporated in 1872. Streets were surveyed and graded in 1883, with water supplied by a large reservoir built by the Brooke Iron Company. Streets were illuminated, beginning in 1885, with the use of naphtha gas lamps. The Pennsylvania Diamond Drill Company moved to Birdsboro from Pottsville in 1885. The important company manufactured mining tools and machinery.

The map from 1890 includes clearly labeled street names, buildings, bridges, Schuykill Canal, river and railroad lines.

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

1. Public Schools.
2. Mansion House. Wm. Horback, Proprietor.
3. St. Elmo Hotel. Wm. Dengler, Proprietor.
4. Washington House. E. Henderson, Proprietor.
5. Grist Mill. E. & G. Brooke, Proprietors.
6. Iron Co. Works. E. & G. Brooke, Proprietors.
7. No. 1 & 2 Furnace. E. & G. Brooke, Proprietors.
8. Penna. Diamond Drill Works.
9. Carriage Factory. J. Z. Albert, Proprietor.
10. Penna. R. R. Station.
11. W. & N. R. R. Station.
A. Episcopal Church.
B. M. E. Church.
C. Lutheran Church.
D. First Baptist Church.
E. Reformed Church.
F. Evangelical Church.
G. U. B. Church.


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