Historic Map of Washington, DC - 1892
This bird’s-eye view print of Washington, DC was drawn and published by Currier & Ives in 1892. Our nation’s capital city was first organized in the late 1700's along the Potomac River. Washington DC’s bid to host the Columbian Exposition of 1892 was lost to Chicago, as that city was rebuilding. Washington’s proposal did succeed in the materialization of a new zoo at Rock Creek Park.
Washington DC was a growing capital city in the 1890s as modern improvements continued, and manufacturing and business opportunities arose. The city streets were now paved and ready for the future. Washington’s population reached 230,392 in 1890.
The illustration from above the Potomac River, looking north, shows the capitol building, government buildings, streets, railroad routes and waterfront activity.
North West Division.
Corcoran Art Gallery.
War, Navy & State Building.
South West Division.
The President’s Grounds.
Executive Mansion (White House).
Department of Justice.
Foundry M. E. Church.
U. S. Treasury.
14th St. Circle.
U. S. Patent Office.
U. S. Post Office.
Bureau of Engraving & Printing.
K Street Market.
City Hall Park.
B. & P. R. R. Depot.
B. & O. R. R. Depot.
South East Division.
North East Division.
U. S. Arsenal.
U. S. Marine Barracks.
East Branch of the Potomac.
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