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1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle
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1878 Birds Eye View of the City of Seattle

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Produced and published by prolific American lithographer Eli Glover this bird’s eye perspective has a signature aesthetic, and the crisp detailing transports the viewer back in time. Seattle, in this era, was a city that relied heavily on the lumber industry to support its local economy, and the mill that Henry Yesler created on the waterfront allowed the city to dominate the Northwestern lumber industry.

The depiction of the Seattle and Walla Walla Railroad illustrates the importance of not only the port but railway transport. Hovering over the Puget Sound, the railway was vital to the economic boom the city was awaiting. Completed in 1873, the narrow three-foot track became essential for imports and timber to reach the eastern grain fields of western Washington. Before construction, Seattle was only accessible by horse-drawn vehicles, which limited the speed and load weight.

Interestingly this illustration shows the city in a state that it would never again find itself in. While the city grew and prospered in the 1870s and 1880s, it experienced a massive fire in the downtown district that would forever change the cities architectural style. As depicted here, the main construction was timber-framed buildings in the Revival style, and the transition to modern steel and glass buildings would be precipitated by the Great Fire of 1889.

Though the city had a reputation as a rough and tumble port town, this map portrays it as a burgeoning city poised to be a true icon of the American West.

Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube your print will arrive ready to be framed. This eye-catching vintage map print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.



  • VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You’ll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1878 Seattle Washington Poster . Our museum quality maps are archival grade, which means it will look great and last without fading for over 100 years. Our print to order maps are made in the USA and each map is inspected for quality. This beautiful artwork is a perfect addition to your themed decor. Vintage maps look great in the home, study or office. They make a perfect gift as well.
  • MUSEUM QUALITY: This high quality map print will be a great addition to your vintage-themed wall. Don't waste money on cheap-looking, thin paper posters. We use thick, fine art print quality matte paper. Our professional’s choice matte paper displays artwork in high detail without glare. The color is vibrant and text is easy to read. When framed, this map looks absolutely stunning.
  • A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1878 Seattle Washington Poster . This print is from an original found in the maps and geography division of the US Library of Congress. A true, accurate piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
  • READY TO FRAME: This 16x24 Inch print includes a 0.2 inch border for a perfect frame fit and look. Our maps are designed to fit easy-to-find standard frame sizes, saving you money from having to pay for a custom frame. Each map is inspected for quality and shipped in a rigid tube.
  • HISTORIX: We love history and art. Sometimes old maps have tears, folds, separations and other blemishes. We digitally restore and enhance maps while keeping its historical character. All our maps are proudly made in the USA. Customers all over the world love our vintage maps and we know you will too.
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