Birdseye view of Altoona, Pennsylvania (1895)

T.M. Fowler's birdseye map of Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1895.
Birdseye view of Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Date: 1895
Author: T.M. Fowler
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Very nice Fowler print of Altoona, Pennsylvania [gmap] centered on the town's railroad yard.

Altoona, I'm finding, was actually founded by the Penn. R.R. expressly for the production of this railroad yard.

This is so well-done, it's probably gonna be some railfan's favorite. I hope one of them can fill me in on the significance of the Altoona rail yard.

Real pleasing depiction of steam and smoke. It's funny: in illustrations of the time steam and smoke meant “progress”, “industry”, “vitality”; but to 21st century eyes the sight of all those wisps of smoke saturating the nearby houses just screams “silicosis.”

For more maps and images from this period in the region's history, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.



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