Historic Map - Tuskaloosa, AL - 1887

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Perspective map of Tuskaloosa, Ala. county seat of Tuskaloosa, Co. 1887. H. Wellge, Beck & Pauli Lith. Co.

Reproduction panorama map of Tuscaloosa, Alabama drawn and published by Henry Wellge & Co. in 1887. Tuscaloosa was incorporated in 1819, just one day before Congress admitted Alabama to the Union. It was named for the famous local warrior Chief Tuskaloosa. From 1826 to 1846 Tuscaloosa was Alabama's state capital. It was during this time that the University of Alabama was established. The town prospered, as the capital of Alabama until the capital was moved to Montgomery and Tuscaloosa's economy slipped, then turned around again in the 1850s with the founding of the Bryce State Hospital. During the Civil War, Alabama seceded from the Union and thousands of Tuscaloosa men fought for the Confederacy. Toward the end of the war, Union troops raided Tuscaloosa, damaging the town and burning the university campus. In the next decade Tuscaloosa would be connected to Mobile and the Gulf coast with a system of locks and dams on the Black Warrior River built by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The map features inset illustrations of:

North Side of Broad Street
Alabama State University
Alabama State Hospital for the Insane

The map includes clearly labeled street names showing railroad traffic.

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

 A. County Court House
 B. City Hall
 C. Presbyterian Church
 D. Methodist Church
 E. Baptist Church
 F. Episcopal Church
 G. Catholic Church
 H. Colored Churches
  I. Public School
 K. Post Office
 L. Railroad Depot

  1. W. C. Jemison's Office
  2. Tuscaloosa Land and Loan Company
  3. Friedman & Loveman, Wholesale Dry Goods and Shoes
  4. Geo. A. Searcy & Co., Wholesale Grocers
  5. Wilkerson & Caldwell, Real Estate & Stock Brokers
  6. Maxwell Bros., Wholesale Grocers
  7. 0 J. Snow Hardware Co.
  8. Alonzo Hill's Female College
  9. Miller & Peterson, Real Estate Agents
10. W. H. Verner, University and High School
11. Moslander & Ryan, Fancy and Staple Groceries
12. W. J. Barnes, Stoves and Tinware
13. J. W. Carson, Real Estate Agent
14. Alabama Central Female College
15. First National Bank of Tuscaloosa
16. J. H. Fitts & Co., Bankers
17. Tuskaloosa & Castle Hill Real Estate and Manufacturing Co.
18. Tuskaloosa Coal, Iron and Land Company's Office
19. Kennedy's Ware House