Mason, W.A.

1855

Plan of the old West Boston Bridge Causeway after Osgood Carleton

Plan of the CAUSEWAY over the MARSH in CAMBRIDGE exhibiting the names of the owners and the quantity of land through which it passes including Mr Jarvis’s Upland surveyed and platted (by a scale of one chain to an inch) Nov 12th 1792 by OSGOOD CARLETON. Copied from the original by W.A. Mason & Co. Dec. 20, 1855.

DESCRIPTION: 

Unrecorded manuscript cadastral plan of great historical value after an earlier work in 1793 by well-known surveyor Osgood Carleton. This is the best and only available detailed plan of the Causeway, being Mason’s true surveyor’s copy from a survey made by Osgood Carleton contemporaneously with the Causeway construction.

A very rare plan of the old Causeway stretching 3344 feet over wet marshland largely owned by Leonard Jarvis. The Causeway, begun July 15, 1792, ran over the course now occupied by Main Street in Cambridge and spanned the marsh from the West Boston Bridge (second bridge built across the Charles River; in the location of current the Longfellow Bridge) to Pelham’s Island (now in Cambridgeport), then consisting of about 20 acres of high ground. According to Holmes “the sides of the causeway are stoned, capstand, and railed; and on each side there is a canal 30 feet wide.” (Holmes, Abiel. The History of Cambridge. Samuel Hall: Cornhill, Boston. 1801. p. 4.)

Copied from and credited to an earlier plan by well-known Boston cartographer Osgood Carleton. Numerous and detailed pencil notations of ownership record based on Carleton's original survey. Measurements recorded in chains and links. Scale one chain (66’) to one inch.

CREATOR: 

Mason, W.A.

PUBLICATION DATE: 

1855

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: 

United States

BODY OF WATER: 

Charles River

CONDITION: 

Good.  On thin tracing paper with minor marginal and fold repairs. Somewhat grubby. No losses.

COLORING: 

None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 

29 " x 17 "

PRICE: 

$7500

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