A Bird's Eye View of Wyandotte (Small)

A Birds Eye View of Wyandotte (Small)
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17201
Building: 
Current Location: 
Missouri Valley Room
Floor: 
5th
Object Description
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a print of a bird's eye view of Wyandotte County in Kansas with a legend identifying significant public buildings and churches.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
27 3/4 inches
Width: 
3/4 inch
Height: 
21 inches
Description: 

This map features a growing section of Wyandotte County in Kansas in 1869. Above the crux of the Kaw and Missouri Rivers lies the beginnings of a grid development across the land beyond. Amongst the dwellings, significant buildings are numbered and referred to in the ornate legend at the bottom of the map. Listed from 1-10 are the Court House, Public School, Dunnings Hall, Asylum for the Blind, U.R.R. W. Depot, Cemetary, and then the Congregational, Catholic, Episcopal, German and South Methodist, and North Methodist Episcopal churches. Named streets hatch through the land and fade off into the distance, signifying the possibility for future development. Barges can be seen docking on the river below and a train, too, can be seen approaching from the left. Starting in the late 19th century, "Bird's eye" was a popular point of view to render cities despite air travel not being possible yet. Because of this, maps drawn from above were considered a novelty and high cartographic craft, especially considering the imagination in tune with devotion to detail required to create the scene.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes