MAP OF THE CITY OF NASHVILLE AND VICINITY by Wilbur F. Foster, City Engineer, published by Tavel, Eastman and Howell, Nashville, TN, 1879. Created for the Nashville Board of Health 1879 report. Map of Nashville detailing street names, toll gates, colleges, railways including the Louisville & Nashville & Great Southern, St. Louis & So. Eastern, Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis, Tennessee & Pacific, and sites such as the Capitol, a cotton factory, and cemeteries. It also names some farm owners on outskirts of Nashville. Red lines indicate water levels of Cumberland River and the limits of jurisdiction of the Nashville Board of Health. Title and scale, top right. Surrounded by a decorative line border. Image – 19 1/8" H x 23 5/8" W. Sheet – 19 5/8" H x 24 1/8" W. Sleeve – 21" H x 25 3/8" W. Late 19th century. Note: This scarce map was produced on the heels of the devastating Memphis yellow fever epidemics of the 1870s and indicates growing awareness in Tennessee municipalities of the need for better public sanitation to prevent disease. Wilbur F. Foster served as city engineer from 1865 to 1884. He also served as a chief engineer during the Civil War under General Alexander P. Stewart. (source: http://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15138coll23/id/426). CONDITION: Slight waviness to paper, otherwise overall very good condition. David Lloyd Swift Paper Conservator label and additional information, en verso, suggesting it was cleaned, deacidified, and encapsulated (not laminated) in a plastic archival sleeve in Dec. 1995.
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