Jan 15 2010
After months of working, Lindsay Schroader has completed a 1790 version of the District of Columbia, but it doesn’t include the section of Virginia that originally was included in the District.
It’s a diamond in the rough with a chunk out of the lower left.
Both Donald Hawkins’ and Peter Chirico’s previous work omitted Virginia, and we’ve all agreed that a complete map is critical to the history of the early city. The challenge is to find trustworthy maps. Many of the maps have inconsistencies between them, and their lines look generic – “as if someone drew them who really wasn’t standing there measuring,” as Hawkins puts it.
We’ve agreed to use a map that Hawkins created, 1790 Arlington County, and have geo-referenced it to the 1885 US Coastal and Geodetic Survey map provided by Chirico. Schroader will have months of work to bring these two maps together and incorporate them with the completed part of the District. All of the maps have different contour scales, and she will have to do much digitizing by hand!
Here is an image of Lindsay Schroader working with Donald Hawkins and some of his hand-traced corrected maps.