Henderson’s map of Cincinnati, Ohio (1900)

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Birdseye map of Cincinnati by Henderson in 1900

US40 #24 CINCINNATI, OHIO (Birdseye Map, 1900, Henderson)
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Date: 1900
Author: Henderson
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Source: Library of Congress
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This map is part of a series depicting the 40 largest cities in the United States (as ranked by CBSA). This series will run through the month of July.

In soothing slate blues this Henderson birdseye of Cincinnati, Ohio [gmap] is an interesting one.

The image features a rather daring sort of brinksmanship played with perspective -- giving the city an energized appearance in a swelled-to-bursting sort of way.

(Oh, and Cincinnati: I really like Brandon Phillips as a ballplayer and as a personality. Apologies for all the uptight St. Louis Cardinal fans who are oblivious to his charm or angry about his gamesmanship. You'll have to excuse us... their earnest, sanctimonious butt-hurtness comes from the fact that it's been a decade since we've had a ballplayer with actual charisma or personality.)

(You got a good team, you're a real great baseball town, and the rivalry is a fun one and makes a lot of sense in a way that Cards/Cubs really hasn't for the last 30 years: both river cities, similar size, both nominally "Northern" cities that are still very "Southern" in many respects. I say we run with it.)

(Before we start singing "Kumbiyah" and braiding each others' hair over here, come mid-September, all residents of all other contending NL Central cities are dead to me for a period of one month.)

For more map resources and imagery from this period in Cincinnati's history, check out the Ohio Historical Society's website.

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