Topographical Map of Part of North Augusta South Carolina. Chas. Boeckh. C. E., del.

Topographical Map of Part of North Augusta South Carolina.

[Augusta, South Carolina]: North Augusta Land Co., Robert A. Welke Photo-Lith., 1891. Hand colored photo-lithograph, 36.25” x 21.5” plus margins.

A large-scale promotional map of North Augusta, South Carolina, issued by the North Augusta Land Company just a year after the company was established.

Situated on the Savannah River opposite Augusta, Georgia, the city of North Augusta developed during the late 19th century on the site of the antebellum town of Hamburg and was finally incorporated in 1906. The North Augusta Land Company was founded in 1890 by James U. Jackson (1856–1925) who purchased some 5,600 acres in the city. This plat map shows property lots interspersed with numerous parks and wooded areas colored green and populated by trees. Bodies of water are shown in blue. Along the shore of the Savannah River a section of land is identified as “reserved for manufacturing and business purposes,” with the main road through this section named ‘Railroad Avenue.’ Listed below the title are the company’s officers, board of directors, and the locations of the company’s three offices in New York, Georgia, and South Carolina. The North Augusta Land Company constructed a new bridge over the Savannah River in 1891—the year this map was issued—likely the bridge shown at the lower right.

Boasting good rail connections, a warm climate, and the upscale Hampton Terrace Hotel, North Augusta was a popular winter retreat for tourists and affluent northerners during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During the height of its popularity it was even considered by the American movie industry as a potential location for Hollywood. At this time the North Augusta Land Co. boasted a capital of 1,000,000.

REFERENCES: South Carolina Encyclopedia. North Augusta at scencyclopedia.org

CONDITION: Good, old folds, reinforced on verso with Japanese tissue and expert application of paper pulp to weak areas, early pencil annotations and figures, a few minor creases and light soiling.

 

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Price: $2,250.00

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