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1891 Walker Map of Barnstable County, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Atlas. Plate No. 9. - Main View

1891 Walker Map of Barnstable County, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


A detailed map of the central part of Barnstable County on Cape Cod.


Massachusetts Atlas. Plate No. 9.
  1891 (dated)     19.5 x 27.5 in (49.53 x 69.85 cm)     1 : 63360


This is an 1891 George H. Walker and Company map of part of Barnstable County, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The map depicts the region from Hyannis to the Atlantic Ocean and from Cape Cod Bay to Nantucket Sound and Monomoy Island. Highly detailed, the towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Chatham, Brewster, and Orleans are illustrated. The limits between each town highlights in red, so as to easily recognize where each settlement begins and ends. Post offices, churches, and schools are among the few identified locations, although some villages are labeled. Numerous pond and lakes are illustrated and labeled throughout the region, and the road network is included, although not all the roads are labeled. The Old Colony Railroad Cape Cod Division is depicted by a thin solid black line running through the center of the map. Numerous bars, shoals, bays, and other coastal features are identified as well.

This map was published by George H. Walker and Company in the Atlas of Massachusetts in 1891.


George Hiram Walker (January 4, 1852 - November 14, 1927) was a Boston based publisher of books, views, and maps active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Springfield, Vermont, Walker started his life as a dry goods merchant but developed an active interest in publishing during the early 1870s. Walker began publishing in 1878 when he partnered with an unknown New York Firm. Two years later, Walker brought the operation in house by partnering with his brother, Oscar W. Walker, in the opening of a lithography studio at 81 Milk Street, Boston. Shortly thereafter the firm expanded to new offices at 160 Tremont Street, Boston. The Walker brothers produced a large corpus of works, most of which focused on travel and tourism in New England. Walker also established the Walker-Gordon Milk Laboratory with Dr. Thomas Morgan Rotch and Gustave Gordon. This interesting investment was based on the premise that infant deaths could be avoided by providing higher quality milk. The company eventually became a great success, producing a high-quality cow milk that closely resembled human breast milk. In the process the Walker-Gordon laboratory developed many of the dairy health standards that are still with us today. Walker married Irene L. Loud on March 25, 1885. More by this mapmaker...


Walker, O.W., Atlas of Massachusetts., (Boston: George H. Walker and Company) 1891.    


Very good. Even overall toning. Light wear along original centerfold. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 2006.036.