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 Dorchester Maps

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Some maps depicting Dorchester appear below. These are not the only ones to include Dorchester. Anyone interested in this topic should consult institutions with large collections, such as the Massachusetts Archives, the Boston Atheneum, the Boston Public Library, etc.

See especially the atlases below which each have many plates that are quite detailed.

Fire Insurance Atlases
 Certainly the most useful maps for tracing the development of Dorchester after its annexation to Boston are the so-called fire insurance maps. Griffith M. Hopkins produced an atlas of Boston including a volume for Dorchester in 1874 and again in 1882. George Bromley followed in 1884 with new volumes every five years or so. Richards produced one atlas in 1899. Richard Heath in From Pear Orchard to Multi-Family Housing: A History of the Marshall P. Wilder Estate. Jamaica Plain, 2003, cites a 1931 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.

Illustrations of details of one small corner of Dorchester are given to show how the development of Dorchester proceeded over the course of 60 years after annexation. Some neighborhoods filled in a little earlier than our example at the corner of Carruth Street and Adams Street (now Gallivan Boulevard), but all of Dorchester was substantially complete by 1933 when the Bromley company issued its last Dorchester atlas.

Smith's Map of New EnglandWood's Map 1633Blathwayt Atlas 17th centuryJohn Foster's Map of New England 16771775 Map Seat of the civil War
1831 Map by Edmund BakerWilson's 1849 MapMap of the Vicinity of Boston 1849Map of the Vicinity of Boston, 18931874 Atlas
South Bay Bird's Eye ViewSouth Bay 17771882 Atlas Plates1884 Atlas1889 Atlas
1894 Atlas1898 Atlas1899 Atlas1904 Atlas1910 Atlas
1918 Atlas1933 Atlas
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Third Unitarian Church, Neponset Ave. and Mill St.80 Olney Street verso356 Seaver StreetHuebener Brick no. 42 Town Hall
Map detail 1858 showing Green StreetCarriage House and yard 34 Alban Street 1880sUpham's Corner 189521 Adams Street
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Created: July 24, 2003   Modified: May 21, 2009