Atlas of the Week: Illustrated Atlas of the City of Richmond

This Illustrated Atlas of the City of Richmond, created in 1887, presents a bird’s eye view of the city of Richmond. The atlas details many different structures, from buildings of commercial use to places of worship, railroad lines, sewers, property lines, monuments, and more. It uses color coding to differentiate the different structures and markers and notes the owners and inhabitants of the structures while also labeling neighborhoods by the names they still go by today. This atlas is really interesting given the current political climate throughout recent years in Richmond and the removal of many of the landmarks and monuments that are highlighted throughout the atlas. 

Beers, F. W. Illustrated atlas of the city of Richmond, Va. [Richmond, Va.: F. W. Beers, 1877] Map.

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