Duxbury Sheet 1893

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A copy of the 1885 Topographical map of  Duxbury Bay to Scituate Harbor.  Starting in 1882, the United States Geological Survey undertook an ambitious project to create a Topographic map of the Untied States. This is a copy from the September1893 Edition, reprinted in 1898. The features shown on this map can be classed in to three different groups for convenience; 1) water, including seas, lakes, ponds, rivers and other streams, Swamps. Canals etc. 2) relief, including hills, valleys, cliffs, etc. 3) culture, I. e. the works of humans, such as towns, roads, railroads, boundaries, etc.  These maps were published as large Atlas sheets, these reprints were originally sold for two to five cents each, in 1898.

Notable features on this map are the location of the mouth of the North and South Rivers, which the course was altered during the Portland Gale, November 26th  and November 27th , a storm that killed over 400 hundred persons, and wrecked over 150 boats and ships, including the Paddlewheel Steamship “Portland”  Duxbury was the site of the third Trans-Atlantic Telegraph cable, which was laid by the ship “Great Eastern” to Newfoundland and an extension was run to Duxbury by smaller vessels. The Cable was completed in August 1869, according to the Scientific American.  The Telegraph office and Cable house are identified on this map. Also noted are the Standish monument, and the Old Colony Railroad. The survey party was accomplished under the supervision of Henry Gannett, who is considered the “father” of Government Mapmaking, and one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society.

 Scientific American, Coast Survey, American Surveyor.

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Duxbury Sheet 1893

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