The large index map, below, was tipped into the book Picturesque Rhode Island. It was printed on tissue-thin paper, which is now creased, torn and wrinkled. I have digitized it, somewhat imperfectly, on a flatbed scanner.
Download the map
- Either click the map to open it and enlarge it within your web browser, or right-click to “Save Image As” a jpg to your computer and open and enlarge as a jpg image.
What is indexed?
I think the most interesting information on this map are the indices on the left and right sides. You could locate the schools, businesses and institutions your ancestors may have been involved with (however, resident names are not indicated). A few samples are below. The numbering system and street name allow you to locate each item on the map, although often only by seeing a building outline on the map.
- All streets
- Horse Railroads (describes the colors of the cars, and each route)
- Manufacturing Interests
- Points of Interest (companies, govt offices, utility companies, monuments, hospitals)
- Drives (9 scenic drives are described)
- Police Department
- Fire Department
- Public School Buildings
- Express Companies
- Telegraph Offices
- Daily Newspapers
- Ticket Agencies
“Index Map of the City of Providence, R.I., compiled and drawn from the most reliable sources, 1881”, by Albert L. Bodwell. Providence: J.A. & R.A. Reid, 56 Weybosset Street, c1880. Tipped into the book Picturesque Rhode Island by Wilfred H. Munro. Providence: J.A. and R.A. Reid, 1881.
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