Birdseye view of Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio (1896)

T.M. Fowler's birdseye map of Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio in 1896.
Birdseye view of Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio
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Date: 1896
Author: T.M. Fowler
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Ashtabula, Ohio [gmap] takes its name from the nearby Ashtabula River; which, in some American Indian language, is purported to mean ”River of Many Fish”. Of course this was before industrial waste had started catching nearby rivers on fire, so who knows if it's still true.

Very interesting Fowler illustration depicting what looks to be a shipyard? A dry-dock? (You'll have to excuse my ignorance; I grew up in the Midwest, and my area of nautical expertise is the 18' frog-gigging jonboat.)

The Ashtabula river bridge, which may or may not be the one depicted back towards the horizon on this image, was the site of one of the largest rail disasters (measured by loss of life) in the Country's history. The Ashtabula Horror, as it was called, killed 92 people. According to legend, the designer of the bridge killed himself in dispair.

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

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