Historic Map - Philadelphia, PA - 1857

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View of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, P.A., 1857 / drawn & published by John Bachman, Duval & Sons, lith.

This bird’s-eye view print of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was drawn by John Bachman and published by Duval & Sons, lith. in 1857. Philadelphia was established in 1682 at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. The seat of government for Philadelphia County was the national capital during Revolutionary times.

Philadelphia grew rapidly with its port location and by 1857 it had become not only a busy trade center and port, but also was a major railroad hub. Philadelphia was served by several railroads that all converged here. The West Chester & Philadelphia and North Pennsylvania Railroads were added in the early 1850's.

In the years leading up to the civil war Philadelphia suffered much unemployment and the community was up in arms about a new Sunday liquor ban. During the winter of 1856, the Delaware froze from bank to bank and Philadelphians were frantically working to keep the two rivers open. Tragedy struck the ferry boat New Jersey one night as it burst into flames on the icy river drowning dozens. Philadelphia installed a police and fire alarm telegraph system as a result of the disaster. In the spring of 1856 a hurricane passed over Philadelphia raising roofs off about 150 buildings. Later that year Smith, Sickel & Co. invented and introduced their street sweeping machine in Philadelphia. Another harsh winter in 1857 delayed the opening of the Academy of Music for nearly a week. Philadelphia was buzzing over the new Republican political party amidst a huge financial panic in 1857.

The detailed illustration from 1857 includes streets, buildings and bridges.


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