September 18, 2017
Today on the blog we are examining a fairly uncommon and very illuminating map of Washington D.C., dating to 1885, created by William S. Roose. Because it was a planned city, the early maps of Washington, DC have always been a particularly accurate way to track the development of the nation’s capital. This map helps us explore the markers of a growing population in postbellum DC, and the projects and infrastructure changes, specifically the 1881 reclamation of the Potomac Flats, that were necessary for the Nation's Capital to thrive.
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