WELCOME 1890's Pennsylvania Maps WELCOME

The maps from the 1880's and 1890's look much the same. Use of the Washington meridian began to disappear, as did hand coloring.

1890 MEAN TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL FOR DECEMBER, 1889, Jour. Frank. Inst., Vol. CXXIX February 1890, State Weather Service. The map is from an 1890 Annual Report of The Secretary Of Internal Affairs Of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania despite the journal markings. The map shows counties, major cities and towns, a detailed network of rivers and tributaries. In red are marked the mean December temperature and rainfall for each area. Eat your heart out, Florida. Blank verso. Scale: 1 inch = 25 miles. Size: 9.25 x 15 inches. 
1891 THE NORMAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF PENNSYLVANIA, from The Geography of Pennsylvania, by Jacques W. Redway, published by C. W. Bardeen, Syracuse 1891. Redway was a prolific writer of geographical textbooks, at times collaborating with R. N. Hinman. This 98 page textbook has four full page maps of the state on the end pages of which this is one. The Normal Schools were started by the state to train school teachers. They eventually became known as State Teacher Colleges, and are now called the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education . They have grown over the years until all are now universities. The most famous is Slippery Rock University because of its name, and the largest is Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The three other schools in the west are at Edinboro, Clarion, and California. In the middle of the state are schools at Mansfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, and Shippensburg. In the southeast there are schools at Kutztown, Millersville, West Chester, East Stroudsburg, and Cheney. The latter two not yet planned when this map was made. Size: 5 x 7 inches. 
1892 MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA, Copyright 1892 by the Matthews-Northrup Co., Buffalo, NY. This map folds into a red 5.25 x 2.25 inch paper cover with a more elaborate title. It has 3-89 on it, so may have been prepared in 1889. The map is printed on onion skin type paper and has some state information on the verso. Longitude from Washington at bottom, from Greenwich at top. Scale: 1 inch = 17 miles. Size: 12 x 20 inches.
1893 THE MATTHEWS - NORTHRUP ADEQUATE TRAVEL MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA, from Matthews & Northrup Adequate Atlas - The United States, published by Matthews & Northrup, Buffalo 1893. Most of the states in this small atlas have single page maps, Pennsylvania rates a double page map. The atlas is more than adequate, containing a list of rail lines and population data, plus a gazetteer for each state. There are also maps of major cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for Pennsylvania. Size: 8 x 12 inches. 
1894 EAST GREENVILLE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA. 1894. Drawn by T. M. Fowler Morrisville Pa, Published by T. M. Fowler and James B. Moyer. This bird's eye view, or panoramic map, is not in the Library of Congress or Pennsylvania Archives collections; nor is it listed in the catalogs of Stout or Reps. It is included here because of this apparent obscurity. The town is certainly still there, population around 3100. Size: 14 x 20 inches. 
1895 PHILADELPHIA. This map is believed to be from: Johnson's Universal Cyclopedia, a new edition, prepared by a corps of thirty-six editors, assisted by eminent European and American specialists, under the direction of Charles Kendall Adams New York, D. Appleton, A. J. Johnson, 1893-97. It shows topographic features, roads, churches, hotels, theatres, public buildings, colleges, and railroads. Blank verso, no longitude. Scale: 1 inch = 3/4 mile. Size: 11 x 13 inches.
1896 POCKET MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA, with compliments of Samuel R. Park, A. M., Principal and Proprietor of the Easton Academy; Jno. F. Waite Pub. Co., Engravers and Publishers, Chicago, Ill. This title is on the 5.5 x 3.5 inch cover, the map title is simply PENNSYLVANIA. The map itself is undated, the date comes from an accompanying calendar on the cover; and the map is obviously an advertisement item. Rail lines are shown, and this map suspiciously resembles a Cram. Most of the map is shown here. Easton is in Northampton County, and the academy, which appears to have been a private school for boys, is apparently now defunct. Blank verso. Scale: 1 inch = 17 miles. Size: 13 x 19.5 inches.
1897 HOSPITAL DISTRICTS FOR INSANE IN PENNSYLVANIA, from Fourteenth Annual Report of the Committee on Lunacy to the Board of Public Charities of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the year ending September 30, 1896. Clarence M. Busch, State Printer, 1897. The report is a booklet of about 30 pages. Attached to the back are 6 full page maps including this one showing the state divided into 5 districts. The other maps are of the districts themselves, illustrated here by the southwest district . The maps are at a small scale with little detail, but with vibrant color. Blank verso.
1898 RAILROAD MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA, published by The Bureau of Railways of the Department of Internal Affairs of Pennsylvania, Drawn and Compiled by J. Sutton Wall, Chief Draughtsman. This very large and attractive wall map has a linen backing and shows the rail lines by color and name. These maps were published (almost?) annually by the state from c1880 (see 1879) to c1920 in various formats. Simonetti lists versions for 1893, 1895, 1904, 1908, 1910, 1911, and maps for other years (including this one) have been seen. Only a small portion can be shown here, most of Chester, Berks, and Lancaster counties. J. S. Wall was apparently a superior mapmaker and his name appears prominently on these maps from the 1890's into the early 1900's. He began his career working for the Second Geological Survey. Blank verso. Scale: 1 inch = 6 miles. Size: 37 x 58 inches. 
1899 BAPTIST MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA, Horace R. Goodchild, issued free by the Pennsylvania Baptist Missionary Society, dated January, 1899, in text at the bottom. With a name like that, Horace had to become a minister. This map shows the location of Baptist churches (the little black dots), rail lines are also shown. Baptists are numerous in Pennsylvania, but not the dominant sect as they are in the south. The largest Protestant sect in the state is probably the Methodists, and the Roman Catholic church is the single largest denomination. Blank verso. Scale: 1 inch = 25 miles. Size: 9 x 15 inches. 
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