Statistical Map No. 6. Showing the System of Water Supply & Distribution. City of Washington
By: Capt. W.T. Rossell Photo-Lithograph by: Norris Pteres Co.
Date: 1891 (published) Washington D.C.
Dimensions: 28 x 28 inches (71 x 71 cm)
This is an antique map of Washington D.C. detailing the existing water supply and distribution system of the late 19th century. Laid upon this marvelous city plan are a series of blue lines and symbols representing water mains above 6 inches, smaller pipes, ornamental fountains, drinking and horse watering stations, public pumps, hydrants, stop valves, and fire plugs. The banks of the Potomac River are outlined in blue and a "new reservoir" now known as McMillan Reservoir is colored in just south of the Soldier's Home Grounds.
This map was one of twelve statistical maps produced in an effort to present large-scale improvements in the infrastructure of the city since the Greene maps of 1880. Each map was drawn on an identical scale and included the prefix “Statistical Map No" before each unique title. Above the title is a full list of avenues names along with their width in feet.
This map and its counterparts offer a unique glimpse into the state of development in the Capitol of the United States just before the turn of the 20th Century.
Condition: This map is in B+ condition, originally issued folding with some separations along the fold lines. The map has been professionally linen-backed with any fold separations filled in by an artist's hand.
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