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1892 Walker Map of Narrangasett Bay, Rhode Island

Narragansett Bay and Vicinity. - Main View

1892 Walker Map of Narrangasett Bay, Rhode Island



Narragansett Bay and Vicinity.
  1892 (dated)     33 x 22.5 in (83.82 x 57.15 cm)     1 : 357000


This is an uncommon and attractive 1892 map of Narragansett Bay and vicinity, Rhode Island by the Boston map publisher George H. Walker. It covers the entirety of Narragansett Bay from Block Island to Providence extending eastward as far as New Bedford in Massachusetts and the western tip of Nashawena Island. Includes Middletown, Bristol, Conanicut Island, Prudence Island, Rhode Island (the island) or Aquidneck Island, etc. The map also notes Pawtucket, Rocky Point, Oakland Beach, Conanicut Park, Newport, Narragansett Pier, Block Island, Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford. The map is highly detailed, noting ponds, parks, roads, cities, boundaries, steamboat lines, swamps, and a host of additional topographical features. Cycling routes are marked in red. The map also marks 'contour lines in water indicating 18 feet depth at mean low tide.' Walker is better known for his view maps of Boston Harbor - the present example is thus somewhat out of his focus area and very scarce.


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...


Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue. Accompanied by original paper binder.