Historic Map - Washington, DC - 1872

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View of Washington, D.C., 1872 / drawn & published by W. H. & O. H. Morrison.

This bird’s-eye view print of Washington, DC was drawn and published by W. H. & O. H. Morrison in 1872. Washington DC is shown here ten years after Abraham Lincoln introduced the Emancipation Proclamation.

The growing capital city was noted as being behind in its civic improvements, in that it still had dirt streets and no sewer system. President Grant issued the Organic Act of 1871, repealing the individual charters of Georgetown and Washington and creating the District of Columbia. Municipal improvements were being carried out on a large scale to modernize the city.

The illustration includes capitol building, government buildings, streets, railroad route and vicinity.

Features numbered references to the following locations:

  1. U. S. Capitol.
  2. Arlington.
  3. Agricultural Department.
  4. Smithsonian Institute.
  5. Washington Monument.
  6. Baltimore and Potomac R. R.
  7. Botanical Gardens.
  8. Centre Market.
  9. State Department.
  10. Treasury Department.
  11. Georgetown College.
  12. Post Office Department.
  13. Patent and Land Office Dept.
  14. Howard University.
  15. Government Printing Office.
  16. Baltimore and Ohio R. R.