Bird’s Eye View Maps

These images were downloaded from the Library of Congress map site — (loc.gov)

The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as bird’s-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are nonphotographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective.

(click on each image for a larger view)

birds eye aspen
Aspen — 1893

birds eye bv
Buena Vista — 1882

birds eye canon city
Canon City — 1882

birds eye gunnison
Gunnison — 1882

birds eye leadville
Leadville — 1879

birds eye maysville
Maysville — 1882

birds eye poncho
Poncho (Poncha Springs) — 1882

birds eye salida
Salida — 1882

 

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