Named for the French diplomat and statesman, Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes, the city of Vergennes was the only one of Vermont's cities not to have been first chartered as a town or village. Parts of towns already along Otter Creek Falls were set off to create Vegennes. Today, Vergennes is Vermont's smallest city.
The map features inset illustrations of the National Horse Nail Company's Works, the steamboat Reindeer at the Steamboat Landing and the Nevius and Haviland's Shade Roller Works beside the falls.
The text in the lower right margin presents the following "River Statistics":
CITY OF VERGENNES
Incorporated Oct. 28 A. D. 1788.
From source to Vergennes Falls 90 miles.
From falls to mouth 8 miles.
Depth at low water from falls to lake 8 feet, (government water).
Descent from falls to lake 15 inches.
Width of falls 350 feet.
Height of fall 38 feet.
Total power, 3000 horse power.
Absolute immunity from damage by freeshets or ice.
The River is navigable for the largest boats on Lake Champlain.
Freights from New York and Montreal are brought to the wharves without breaking bulk.
Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:
State Reform School.
National Horse Nail Co..
Nevius & Haviland, Shade Rollers.
Vermont Shade Roller Manufacturing Co..
Norton's Flouring Mills.
City Water Works.
Smith & Ketcham, Furniture Factory.
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church.
St. Peter's Parochial School.
Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Laboratory, Ingham's Nervine Pain Extractor.
Vergennes Graded School.
Methodist Episcopal Church.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Old City Cemetery.
National Bank of Vergennes.
Farmers National Bank.
C.V.R.R., J. F. Whalen, Station Agent.