Old Maps

You can learn all sorts of interesting trivia by pouring over old maps.

For instance, according to a topographical map created in 1899, City Island used to be called Foster Island.

Foster Island
Foster Island

The 1956 version shows the Market St. bridge as a toll bridge.

Who knew?

I think I want to be a cartographer if/when I grow up.

One thought on “Old Maps”

  1. At the State Archives there used to be a guy whose job it was to identify “un-owned” property. For instance, one property line might end at the top of a ridge, and the neighbor’s would begin at the bottom; but no one owned the ridge itself. His days were spent pouring over old maps. It sounds like you would enjoy that.

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