Incredible 19th Century maps reveal startling transformation of America's ...

Historical maps reveal how North America's sprawling cities have grown over the last one hundred and fifty years, expanding outward and upward through gold rushes and economic depressions - with some cities even building over rivers with man-made islands.

These incredible late 19th century maps offer a glimpse into the urban landscape of America post-Civil War, after 1865, when New York had a population of around one million (now eight times that) over 36 square miles and was yet to have wide spread electricity. 

These full-color illustrations depict some of America's greatest cities including Los Angeles, Boston, and the US capital, Washington DC, as they grappled with city engineering and built public infrastructure.

The nation's capital, Washington DC, in 1892 featuring the famous Washington Monument - then only eight years old. The map also displays the proposed site of the 1892 World's Exposition - a world's fair celebrating technological progress

The nation's capital, Washington DC, in 1892 featuring the famous Washington Monument - then only eight years old. The map also displays the proposed site of the 1892 World's Exposition - a world's fair celebrating technological progress

In contrast to the above 1892 map, today's Washington D.C. features East Potomac Golf Course (left) on what once was a strip of partially submerged land, built up using material drudged from the river

In contrast to the above 1892 map, today's Washington D.C. features East Potomac Golf Course (left) on what once was a strip of partially submerged land, built up using material drudged from the river

One map offers a glimpse into the nation's capital, Washington DC, in 1892 featuring the famous Washington Monument - then only eight years old. 

The map also displays the proposed site of the 1892 World's Exposition - a world's fair celebrating technological progress and industrial development. The event was eventually held in Chicago.

Another map shows an already sprawling New York City in 1883, just one year after Thomas Edison's Pearl Street Station in began generating electricity to supply 400 street lamps and 85 customers with electrical power. 

Now containing 486 subway stations and 660 miles of subway track weaving underground the city is much more easily navigated, the first subway did not open until 1904, 21 years after this map was illustrated.   

Thomas Edison's Pearl Street Station in New York City began generating electricity to supply 400 street lamps and 85 customers with electrical power on September 4, 1882 - one year before this map was illustrated

Thomas Edison's Pearl Street Station in New York City began generating electricity to supply 400 street lamps and 85 customers with electrical power on September 4, 1882 - one year before this map was illustrated 

Now containing 486 subway stations and 660 miles of subway track weaving underground the city is much more easily navigated, the first subway did not open until 1904. New York City pictured in 2020. The Dutch first established New York in 1624 as the colony of New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island - this later became New York City after the English took over

 Now containing 486 subway stations and 660 miles of subway track weaving underground the city is much more easily navigated, the first subway did not open until 1904. New York City pictured in 2020. The Dutch first established New York in 1624 as the colony of New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island - this later became New York City after the English took over

In the year of 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge was built, bringing the two cities of Brooklyn and New York together and seeing a boom in population. 

And a rural-looking Los

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