Historic Map - Washington, DC - 1880

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View of Washington, D.C., 1880 / drawn & published by C. R. Parsons.

This bird’s-eye view print of Washington, DC was drawn by C. R. Parsons and published by Currier & Ives in 1880. Washington DC was a growing capital city along the Potomac River in the 1880's as modern improvements continued. Streets were paved and a sewer system built. Electric lighting was installed in 1879.

Washington’s population reached 177,624 in 1880.

The illustration from above the Potomac River, looking north, shows the capitol building, government buildings, streets, railroad routes and waterfront activity.

Features references to the following locations:

North West Division.
Farragut Square.
National Observatory.
Rawlins’ Square.
Scott Place.
Louise Home.
Arlington House.
Corcoran Art Gallery.
War, Navy & State Building.
South West Division.
The President’s Grounds.
Executive Mansion (White House).
Lafayette Square.
Department of Justice.
Foundry M. E. Church.
U. S. Treasury.
Columbian University.
14th St. Circle.
Ebbitt House.
Rigg’s House.
Willard’s Hotel.
Potomac River.
Howard University.
Liberty Square.
U. S. Patent Office.
U. S. Post Office.
Pension Bureau.
Census Bureau.
Washington Monument.
Bureau of Engraving & Printing.
The Mall.
K Street Market.
Massachusetts Avenue.
City Hall Park.
City Hall.
Washington Market.
Agricultural Department.
Smithsonian Institute.
Metropolitan Hotel.
National Hotel.
Pennsylvania Avenue.
B. & P. R. R. Depot.
National Museum.
Long Bridge.
B. & O. R. R. Depot.
The Capitol.
Botanical Garden.
Jefferson School.
Stanton Square.
South East Division.
North East Division.
Lincoln Square.
Seward Square.
U. S. Arsenal.
U. S. Marine Barracks.
Kendall Green.
Navy Yard.
East Branch of the Potomac.

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