Historic Map - Sandusky, OH - 1870

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Bird's-eye-view of the city of Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio 1870. Drawn by A. Ruger. Chicago Lithographing Co.

Reproduction panorama map of Sandusky, Ohio drawn by Albert Ruger and published by Ruger & Stoner in 1870. Sandusky was founded in 1816, as "Portland", on land the government had reserved for New England refugees of the "Firelands", who had had their homes and towns destroyed during the American Revolution. Later the name was changed to Sandusky and it became the county seat of the newly formed Erie County.

Surveyor Hector Kilbourne, the first "Worshipful Master of the Sandusky Masonic Lodge", modified the street grid of downtown Sandusky to resemble the symbols of Freemasonry, in what has become to be known as the "Kilbourne Plat" design. The Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad connected the town in the 1830's.

With its location on the banks of Lake Erie, Sandusky was a major launch point for slaves to escape to Canada prior to the American Civil War. Upon a visit here in 1842, Charles Dickens described the town as "sluggish and uninteresting enough" and "something like the back of an English watering-place, out of the season". Louis Zistel opened his famous beer garden, bathhouse and dance floor on nearby Cedar Point Peninsula in the year of this map's publishing.

This map from 1870 features colored illustrations of:

East Washington Square
West Washington Square

The map features clearly labeled street names and shows pedestrian, carriage and railroad traffic.

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

  A. Court House
  B. County Jail
  C. High School
  D. Ward Schools
  E. Post Office
  F. B. & O. R. R. Depot
  G. C. S. & C. R. R. Depot
  H. Gas Works 
   I.  Fire Engine House
  K. Miami Park
  L. Huron Park
  M. Columbus Park
  N. Washington Squares
  O. Fair Ground
  P. Cemetery
  1. Baptist Church
  2. Colored Baptist Church
  3. Church of the Holy Angels
  4. St. Mary's Catholic Church
  5. St. Mary's Chapel
  6. Congregational Church
  7. Emanuel Lutheran Church
  8. Evangelical Association
  9. Zion Evangelical Church
10. Methodist Church
11. German Methodist Church
12. Presbyterian Church
13. Grace Episcopal Church
14. St. Mary's Episcopal Church
15. Calvary Church
16. Evangelical Reformed Church


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