Anonymous

1840

Uncommon antique Map of Lake Pontchartrain

Antique Map of Lake Pontchartrain with New Orleans

DESCRIPTION: 

Uncommon and unrecorded version of a lithographed map ca. 1840 of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana with three steamboat routes shown: to Madisonville, La., to Mandeville, La. and a mail steamboat route to Mobile, Alabama. Possibly by L. Hirt.

In 1834 it was reported that mail service was provided through three weekly round-trips between New Orleans and Mobile at a total annual cost of $40,000.

This map appears as a vignette in L. Hirt's 1841 " Plan of New Orleans with Perspective and Geometrical Views of the Principal Buildings of the City" from The Historic New Orleans Collection. The present map shows signs of being disbound from a smaller volume. Scale: 3 inches to the mile. Louisiana History.

The map features Lake Borgne, Bayou Sauvage, and Bayou Bienvenue. Three steamboat routes terminate at Milneburg, at the north end of the Ponchartrain Rail Road on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The Pontchartrain Rail-Road, the first railway in New Orleans, Louisiana began service in 1831. The route of the railway ran down the center of Elysian Fields Avenue from the Faubourg Marigny to the port of Milneburg, later the Lake Pontchartrain Amusement Park.

This scarce small map shows the city of New Orleans with Bayou St. John, the New Orleans canal, and the Carrolton Railroad.

CREATOR: 

Anonymous

PUBLICATION DATE: 

1840

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: 

United States

BODY OF WATER: 

Lake Pontchartrain

CONDITION: 

Fair.  Solid with a bit of foxing and smudging wide margins with a repaired marginal tear outside the image.

COLORING: 

None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 

5 " x 3 "

PRICE: 

$200

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