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Chicago, As It Was

Aerial view of city along river. Sailboats and steamboats out on river and in and out of canal. Landmarks labeled under print. Left to right: "Lake Park"; "Mouth of River"; "Court House"; "Dr Colyer's Church"; "South Branch River"; "North Branch River". From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Chicago as it Was/ (8.6 x 12.14) - S "

This map of Chicago was printed by Currier & Ives to document the city's landscape prior to the two historic fires that took place in 1871 and 1893. Lake Michigan appears in the foreground, with the entrance to a canal that runs through the heart of the city. Many ships, both sail and steam, navigated the waters of the lake.

Date: Undated

Artists: Currier & Ives
Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
Measurements: 14 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches
Access Number: 2004-D03-158
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds

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