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Rare Connecticut City Plan
WOODFORD, E. M./ CLARK, R. [Philadelphia, 1851]
Plan Of The Town Of Meriden.
35 x 41 inches.
Lithograph with original hand color; with original wooden rollers; re-mounted on new linen & fully stabilized; several secured splits, some losses, restoration to non-essential border areas; good.
Richly illustrated map of Meriden, dubbed the “Silver City” for the numerous silver manufacturers once operating there. Beginning around the period of this map, this mid-sized central Connecticut city was an industrial dynamo through the mid-20th century. Two of the vignettes depict early industrial operations, while several others are noted on the plan. Interestingly, several tin shops are indicated on the map; these may have been precursors to the city’s silver industry. Several churches are also illustrated, including the still standing Congregational Church.
This work actually consists of two plans—one of the entire town and another of its central village. The latter provides the names and locations of local residents. Several manuscript notations in an early hand supplement the printed information on the map.