Historic Map - Detroit, MI - 1889

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View of Detroit, Wayne County, M.I., 1889 / drawn & published by Calvert Lith. Co.

This dramatic panoramic view print of Detroit, Michigan was drawn and published by Calvert Lith. Co. around 1889. In the 1880's, Detroit had a population of nearly 270,000 people.

Forty-five miles of Detroit’s streets were traversed by convenient street railways. The streets themselves were paved with mostly cedar blocks, which were gradually being improved using asphalt, and were illuminated by stylish incandescent light towers.

Hundreds of factories, during this era, made Detroit a major American manufacturing center. Stoves, boilers, furniture, paper, clothing, boots and shoes, candy, crackers and beer were manufactured in Detroit along with freight and passenger railroad cars.

At the time, Detroit’s harbor was clustered with wharves that extended out over the water for easy loading of freight vessels and passenger steamships. Detroit was then referred to as the “Paris of the West”, as many large ornate mansions and buildings emerged throughout the city.

The image labeled as “Used through the kindness of the Imperial Life Insurance Company” includes streets, buildings, railroad routes and waterfront activity. Portrayed is about three miles square of the central portion of the city.

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