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City maps & historic tourism (with thanks to authors  Sarah Vowell and Richard Holmes)

I've been experimenting with Google Maps and Google Earth as they seem incredibly well suited to getting maps of neighborhoods EJ Phillips lived and/or worked in. The web has become increasingly valuable for history and historical accounts over the past 10-15 years. It took me awhile to realize that the Willard and Palmer House Hotels were not the buildings EJ Phillips had stayed at -- though they are on the same sites.  New York, with a wealth of addresses and years of letters has been the most tractable (and compact) place to investigate.  Washington DC has provided some true surprises and my plans for a transcontinental western train trip have prompted creation of many more city maps 

Baltimore Letters  EJP's Baltimore Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049a51974ca162c7fa6&ll=39.269972,-76.624532&spn=0.022493,0.055575&z=15

Boston Letters  EJP's Boston Google Map 1886-1895
When I moved to Boston in 1979 I never dreamed I would read letters from a relative talking about the flowers in the Public Garden or going to Longfellow's House in Cambridge.  I still need to check out (and transcribe a letter) an excursion EJ Phillips made to City Point {Castle Island) and I haven't really figured out which new park was unfinished in 1888.  Did EJ Phillips ever visit Quincy Market or Faneuil Hall?  the Union Oyster House in the Blackstone Block?  She almost certainly saw the State House, the Park Street Church, and the Granary Burying Ground. 

How much of the Freedom Trail would she have been likely to see?  http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Trail

Old Landmarks of Boston    Boston Railway stations     Community Heritage Maps http://communityheritagemaps.com/  
Boston Streets: Mapping Directory Data, Tufts University 
http://dca.tufts.edu/features/bostonstreets/index.html

Boston hotels and theaters
US Hotel, Beach Street, between Lincoln and Kingston  1886-1893  Still around in 1895 according to Bostonian Society photo on web Jan 2007.
Hotel Bowdoin 1895 photograph of Bowdoin Square 1920 http://www.picturehistory.com/find/p/1500/mcms.html shows the Custom House Tower

Bijou Theatre 543-547 Washington Street, Boston Museum  18 -28 Tremont Street, between Court & School Sts, Boston Theatre Washington St, near West St, Park Theatre Washington St near corner  Boylston

more Boston and Cambridge Historic Tourism  

Buffalo Letters  EJP's Buffalo Google Map  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000499247fc2c944ecea6&ll=42.884471,-78.875163&spn=0.01066,0.027788&z=16
Hotel Iroquois  Oct. 1890 http://www.buffaloah.com/h/iroqH/index.html   Hotel Genesee 1895 Two Fountain Plaza [now a Hyatt Hotel]
Buffalo walking tour   Great architecture, Olmstead parks and the Historical Society building from the Pan American Exposition of 1901 -- reminds me of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  Many thanks to Ellen and George

Charleston letter
Charleston Google map
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000499abaac0b5ef84052&ll=32.778507,-79.930043&spn=0.012232,0.027788&t=h&z=16&layer=t

Chicago Letters   Chicago Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049808fec2a0bd5928b&ll=41.909112,-87.632017&spn=0.043308,0.111151&z=14&iwloc=0004980916ea6188109c6
Chicago hotels
Palmer House
17 East Monroe St, Sherman House Randolph St between Clark and LaSalle, Tremont House  Lake & Dearborn Sts, Leland Hotel Michigan Ave. Boulevard & Jackson St.

Cincinnati of John Nickinson and EJ Phillips  Cincinnati Google Map    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004980b2bec7cb370b54&z=15
John Nickinson is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery http://www.springgrove.org/sg/history/History.shtm 
in the Masonic plot.   http://www.springgrove.org/sg/genealogy/sg_genealogy.asp?firstname=john&lastname=nickinson&submit=Search

Cincinnati of John Nickinson and EJP
Pike's Opera House, Fourth Street & Vine Street, southeast corner. John Nickinson was the stage manager at the time of his death.  EJ Phillips appeared there with Junius Brutus Booth Jr. the night Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865.  EJP lived at 208 West Fifth Street in 1864 according to the "Spirit Letter"  Was this where she and John Nickinson had lived?
John Nickinson was photographed at Dewey's Gallery 102 West Fifth St., bet. Vine & Race 1862

John Nickinson died Feb. 9, 1864 at the apothecary store of Mr. C.H. Brutton, on the north-west corner of Fifth and Elm streets.
Photograph of Hattie, Hoag and Quicke's Art Palace 100 Fourth Street c. 1865   Photograph of Albert, Ball & Thomas Photographic Art Gallery 120 West Fourth Street near Race c. 1865

Burnet House, Third and Vine, built 1850, EJP stayed in Jan.1893  Palace Hotel,  Sixth and Vine, northwest corner, opened 1882, EJP stayed in Nov. 1893
I haven't really been to Cincinnati, only the airport (which is in Kentucky).  But I did find some nice photographic histories in the airport bookstore. 

Denver Letters  Denver Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004980c74e21dd9d9eda&z=15

Indianapolis map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&vpsrc=1&ctz=300&vps=2&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004a79a9a3bff37ede55

Los Angeles Letters   Los Angeles Google map
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049848ced3869db63f7&z=18

Hotel Nadeau 202 West 1st Street [now site of the LA Times]
Hotel Ramona
, Cor. Spring and Third Streets, FB Mallory, Prop, Sept. 1896

Middletown Letters, NY  
Albert & Neppie's Middletown Google Map
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049958d6c6f5c6f3687&z=18
Middletown and environs Google map Albert & Neppie, Macardells and the Zavistowskis 18702-1900s
  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049973276c80c870dfa&ll=41.51886,-74.328003&spn=0.834925,1.783905&z=10

Montreal Letters Canada Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000498494dba6fa90e49b&z=15

New Orleans Letter  EJ Phillips and Lawrence Barrett
New Orleans Google Map
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004998bf9253de0ef10d&z=16

New York Letters 1880s  1890s
Manhattan Walking tour New York Google Map
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004588b277f2dac79a89&z=14
Add Photographer, John Nickinson, CD Fredericks & Co., 587 Broadway, New York, 1863

Omaha Letters
EJ Phillips Omaha Google map
  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?authuser=0&vps=3&hl=en&doflg=ptm&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004aa5af202103ebc787

Philadelphia Letters
Philadelphia     EJP's Philadelphia center city http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049829adf8d3f988adc&z=16
Dolman's & Fairmount Park http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004982a30c21dde6bc64&z=14
Tacony/Wissinoming/Forrest home http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&mpa=0&ctz=300&mpf=5&vps=3&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000499b008739403de491

Portland Letters
Portland Google Map
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049a10a8b07de1f2289&z=19


Salt Lake City Letters
Salt Lake City Google Map
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004981f8f47ad6e754cb&z=16

San Francisco Letters  San Francisco Google Map  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000498306dbbdab14224f&z=14

Seattle Letters
Seattle Washington Google Map
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004995fcfeaa635fda58&ll=47.599352,-122.333756&spn=0.002453,0.006947&z=18

Toronto Letters   Toronto Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000499257af3c12311fae&doflg=ptk&z=19

Vancouver Letter  Vancouver Google Map  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049a2cc21fb3fb8d5a7&ll=49.283498,-123.118662&spn=0.004549,0.013894&z=17

Washington DC Letters  Washington DC Google map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049833b1ebaec40c0c0&z=13

Travels  1850s- 1898 http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000498487fbaa128afc83&z=5

Last updated Dec/ 21, 2012

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