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    T. A. Washington and Charles F. White. [Compiled By.] Map of Galveston & Vicinity. Galveston: Miles Strickland, 1876. 108.5 x 69.5 cm. Colored. Inset: Galveston Bay. References: Churches, Cemeteries, Hotels, Hospitals, Cotton Presses, Banks, and Railroads." Table: "Surface Elevations." Untitled inset depicting parts of Harris and Brazoria counties and rail connections. A few minor holes along folds and minor splitting. Handsomely framed with the original brown cloth covers with title in gilt on front cover in a holder on verso of the frame. A very good to fine copy of this elephant folio map which was printed in two sections.

    "Washington and White's map is the first to record the devastation of the eastern tip of the island by the 1875 hurricane. Fort Point appears as fragmented islets, separated from the island by a large channel. The old fort is gone, but the quarantine station remains. The map also shows the 'Gabion Jetty', a novel, submerged breakwater made out of woven reeds. Begun in 1874 and finished in 1877, this jetty system was a complete failure. Due to natural tidal action, however, the channel connecting the harbor with the Gulf is now deeper than in 1867. Pelican Spit is more compact and closer to Pelican Island... The map shows eight wharves and extensive landfill added in the Wharf area during the 1870s. Outlets have now been divided into regular city blocks as far west as Forty-Third Street, and all the inland waterways, except McKinney's Bayou, filled in. The city is divided into twelve wards, in accordance with the charter of 1876." -Taliaferro Cartographic Sources in the Rosenberg Library. See entry 356B. The map is in remarkably fine condition considering its size. Courtesy of J. P.Bryan, Houston.




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