1913 U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Map of Niagara County, New York (with Niagara Falls)
Description: This is a fine 1913 topographic map of the Niagara County including the Niagara River and the Niagara Falls, in New York by the U. S. Geological Survey. The map covers from Lake Ontario to Tonawanda and from Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada and the Niagara River east as far as Newstead. The map notes several towns, rivers, creeks, cliffs, railroads, roads, buildings, bridges, ferry lines, and a host of additional topographical features. A legend is included along the right margin. This map was originally created in May 1899 and was reprinted in May 1913 with corrections. Topography is by U.S. Lake Survey, Frank Sutton, E. B. Clark and J. H. Wheat surveyed in 1893 and 1896 in cooperation with the state of New York, with triangulation by U.S. Land Survey under the supervision of H.M. Wilson, Geographer in charge. Issued in 1913 by the U.S. Geological Survey with George Otis Smith, Director, as part of Geological Atlas of the United States, Niagara Folio, New York, by E.M. Kindle and Frank. B. Taylor.
Date: 1913 (dated)
Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Geological Atlas of the United States, Niagara Folio, New York, by E.M. Kindle and Frank. B. Taylor, Washington D.C., 1913.
Cartographer: The Office of the Coast Survey (later the U.S. Geodetic Survey), founded in 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of Commerce Albert Gallatin, is the oldest scientific organization in the U.S. Federal Government. Jefferson created the "Survey of the Coast," as it was then called, in response to a need for accurate navigational charts of the new nation's coasts and harbors. The first superintendent of the Coast Survey was Swiss immigrant and West Point mathematics professor Ferdinand Hassler. Under the direction of Hassler, from 1816 to 1843, the ideological and scientific foundations for the Coast Survey were established. Hassler, and the Coast Survey under him developed a reputation for uncompromising dedication to the principles of accuracy and excellence. Hassler lead the Coast Survey until his death in 1843, at which time Alexander Dallas Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, took the helm. Under the leadership A. D. Bache, the Coast Survey did most of its most important work. During his Superintendence, from 1843 to 1865, Bache was steadfast advocate of American science and navigation and in fact founded the American Academy of Sciences. Bache was succeeded by Benjamin Pierce who ran the Survey from 1867 to 1874. Pierce was in turn succeeded by Carlile Pollock Patterson who was Superintendent from 1874 to 1881. In 1878, under Patterson's superintendence, the U.S. Coast Survey was reorganized as the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (C & GS or USGS) to accommodate topographic as well as nautical surveys. Today the Coast Survey is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. Click here for a list of rare maps from The United States Coast Survey.
Size: Printed area measures 18 x 21 inches (45.72 x 53.34 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 125000
Condition: Very good. Minor overall toning. Blank on verso.
Code: NiagaraTopo-usgs-1913 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Niagara Falls , U.S. Government Map , Topographical Map