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1897 population figures are from Cahn's Theatrical Guide, 1897.

Albany, New York 1891 1894 Population 100,000

Atlanta, Georgia 1897  Population 100,000. EJP's Atlanta Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vps=10&hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004b3c7f8969b71273fb

Baltimore 1891  1892 1893 1894  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
Baltimore population 500,000
Binghamton NY 1892 population 45,000.
Black Canyon, Colorado 1886

Boston 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1893 1895  Population 494,500. 
EJP's Boston Google Map 1886-1895
Buffalo  1886 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895
Population 375,000.  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

Cambridge Massachusetts 1895
Canada
Charleston, South Carolina 1897   
Population 70,000. 

   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
Charlotte, North Carolina 1897  
Population 20,000
Chicago  1875 1878 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1892  Columbian Exposition 1893 1894 1895 1896  EJP's Chicago Google Map 
Population 1,700,000
Cincinnati, Ohio   1862-1865 1893 1897 population 300,000.
Cincinnati of John Nickinson and EJ Phillips  Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004980b2bec7cb370b54&z=15
Cleveland Ohio 1893 1895 
Population 366,000.
Columbus Ohio
  
1892 1895 1896 Population 130,000

Denver 1883 1886 1888 1890  Population 150,000  Denver Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004980c74e21dd9d9eda&z=15
Detroit Michigan 1892 1893  1895  1896 
Population 305,000.

Golconda Nevada 1886
Grand Canyon 1886 
seems to be Colorado Royal Gorge
Green River Wyoming 1890

Hamilton Ontario Canada 1830s-1848  Population 50,000
Harrisburg PA 1897 [New York]
Population 50,000
Hartford Connecticut 1892 1894 [see New York]
Hartford population 75,000.

Indianapolis 1867 1895 Population 125,000 Indianapolis Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vps=2&hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004a79a9a3bff37ede55

Kansas City 1886 1888 1890 1896 Population 200,000
Knoxville, Tennessee 1897  
Population 45,000.  Knoxville Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vps=20&hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004b3c88378dfda5fea4

London Ontario Canada  1892 Population 35,000.
Los Angeles   1888 1890 1896  Population 97,000.  Los Angeles Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049848ced3869db63f7&z=18
Louisville, Kentucky 1893  1898 
Louisville Population 210,000

Madison Wisconsin 1896 Population 20,000
Marshall Pass Colorado 1886

Middletown New York Population 15,000 Railroads Erie, NY O & W, NY S & W  Albert moved to Middletown in 1886.
 
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 1870-1900s
  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
Milwaukee, Wisconsin  1893 1895 1896 Population 275,000

Mohave [Mojave] desert
Montreal 1892 1894 1895  Population 300,000.
  Montreal Letters Canada Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000498494dba6fa90e49b&z=15

Nampa Idaho 1890
New Haven Connecticut 
mentioned in Providence letter 1894 Population 100,000
New London
Touring Eugene O'Neill's New London  http://www.eoneill.com/library/touring/introduction.htm  mentioned in Providence letter 1894  Population 16,000

New Orleans, Louisiana 1897  1871-1875  Population 275.000
  New Orleans Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004998bf9253de0ef10d&z=16
New York 1877- 1886-1889   1890- 1897  
Population 1,900,000
New York theaters and theatre companies
     
Madison Square Theatre Stock Company  Palmer's  Theatre  Union Square Theatre Stock Company  
New York City Walking tour  New York Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004588b277f2dac79a89&z=14
Newark NJ   1894  1896 Population 350,000
Newport Rhode Island 1894 Population 22,000 
Niagara Falls 1892  1894

Ogden Utah  1886 Population 18,000 Railroads Union Pacific, S Pac, Oregon Short Line, Rio Grande Western,
Omaha  1886 1888 1890  1896 
Omaha population 150,000.  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

Pensacola Florida 1897 Population 15,000 
Philadelphia   Chestnut St. Theatre  Letters  1875-1887 1888 1890-1897  Population 1. 500,000
  Philadelphia   Google Map  center city http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049829adf8d3f988adc&z=16
  Google Map Dolman's & Fairmount Park http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004982a30c21dde6bc64&z=14

Pike's Peak
1883
Pittsburgh PA  1891 1893 1894 1896
Population 350,000
Portland,  Oregon  1890 1896  
Portland population  100,000.
  Portland Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049a10a8b07de1f2289&z=19
Providence Rhode Island   1893 1894 1895 1897
Population 155,000

Richmond, Virginia 1893  Population 100,000.
Rochester New York 1893 1894
Population 160,000
Royal Gorge Colorado1886

Sacramento 1886 1890 1896 Population 35,000
Saint Joseph Missouri
   Population 60,000

Saint Louis  1865-1870  1893  1894 1896
Population 700,000.
Salt Lake City  1886  1890  1896 
Population 65,000 to 70,000.     Salt Lake City Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.0004981f8f47ad6e754cb&z=16
San Diego is mentioned but only in passing.   Population 20,000
San Francisco  1883 1886  Telegraph Hill  1888  1890 1896  Cliff House  
Population 300,000
   San Francisco Google Map  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000498306dbbdab14224f&z=14
Seattle 1890  1896  
Population 65,000. 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
Stockton
1890 California Yosemite  Population 30,000. 
Syracuse New York 1892
   Population 125,000

Tacoma 1890   Population 60,000. 
Texas 1886  
Albert talked about going [but didn't move] to Texas.
Toronto  1892  1894 
Population 200,000  Toronto Google Map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.000499257af3c12311fae&doflg=ptk&z=19
Troy New York 1892  1893
Population 62,000

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia 1896  Population 20,000.
  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  1885  1887 1891 1893 1894  Population 300,000  Washington DC Google map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202426891661796490166.00049833b1ebaec40c0c0&z=13
Wilkes Barre PA 1892 
Population 100,000 
Wyoming -- Laramie/Cheyenne 1890 
Cheyenne population 10,000

Yosemite  See Stockton California 

City Maps Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Montreal, New York, Omaha, Philadelphia Center City  Dolman's Philadelphia & Fairmount Park, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Washington DC

Bibliography
Appleton's Handbook of American Resorts for Winter Tourists 1884 http://books.google.com/books?id=tJtPAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false   describes a number of Californai  and Coloradocities, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and New Orleans, as well as the West Indies, Sandwich Islands [Hawaii] and Mexico.  Also includes a table of railway fares.
Cahn, Julius, Julius Cahn's Official Theatrical Guide, Volume 2 1897 http://books.google.com/books?id=JiUtAAAAYAAJ&dq=editions:LCCNsn92017447
Detroit Publishing Company, Henry Ford Museum http://www.hfmgv.org/collections/Collections/library/special/prints/dpc.asp 
Early Cities of the Americas, Common Place 3(4) July 2003 http://www.common-place.org/vol-03/no-04/

At least 110 cities are mentioned in letters.  I was interested to compare the 1897 population figures in Cahn's 1897 Theatrical Guide with current ones.  Many have grown considerably, some, such as Boston are nearly the same and others such as Buffalo or Newark have shrunk.  Of course some city boundaries [especially New York's] have changed. Cahn's was also very helpful in identifying theaters [or possible theaters] since so few letters specify the venue [or even the plays.]

city state 1897 2000 ratio first year more years   Theaters  
Albany NY 100,000 95,658 1.0 1891 1894     Haumann's Bleecker Hall
Alliance OH 10,000 22,232 2.2 1893       Opera House
Asheville NC 15,000 68,889 4.6 1897       Grand opera House
Atlanta GA 100,000 416,474 4.2 1897       Grand Opera House, Lyceum Theatre
Auburn NY 30,000 28,574 1.0 1892       Burtis Opera House    
Augusta GA 45,000 195,844 4.4 1897       Grand Opera House
Baltimore MD 500,000 651,154 1.3 1891 1892  1893 1894   Academy of Music, Fords Grand Opera House, Holliday St, Kernans Monumental, Lyceum
Binghamton NY 45,000 47,380 1.1 1892       Stones opera house
Birmingham AL 68,000 242,820 3.6 1897       O'Brien's Opera House
Bloomington IL 28,000 64,808 2.3 1893       Grand opera house
Boston MA 494,500 589,141 1.2 1886 1887 88 89 90 91 93 95 Boston Museum, Boston Theatre, Bijou, Globe, Park
Boulder CO 6,500 94,673 14.6 1890       Temple Hall 
Brooklyn NY 1,200,000 2,465,326 2.1 1886 1889 1893 1894   Park Theatre Brooklyn Theatre,?
Buffalo NY 375,000 292,648 0.8 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 Academy of Music, Star, Lyceum
Burlington IA 30,000 26,849 0.9 1896       Grand Opera House
Canton OH 35,000 80,806 2.3 1893       Grand Opera House
Cedar Rapids IA 25,000 120,758 4.8 1896       Green's Opera House
Charleston SC 70,000 96,650 1.4 1897       Academy of Music
Charleston WV 15,000 53,421 3.6 1893       Burlew Opera house
Charlotte NC 20,000 540,828 27.0 1897       Opera House
Chattanooga TN 50,000 155,554 3.1 1897       New Opera House
Chicago IL 1,700,000 2,896,016 1.7 1875 1878 86 87 88 89 90 92 93 94 95  96 Hooleys, McVickers
Cincinnati OH 300,000 331,285 1.1 1862 1893 1897 1862-1865 w/JN Pikes Opera House, 
Cleveland OH 366,000 478,403 1.3 1889 1893 1895     Cleveland Theatre, Euclid Ave Opera House, Lyceum Theatre 
Colorado Springs CO 15,000 360,890 24.1 1886       Opera House
Columbus OH 130,000 711,470 5.5 1892 1895 1896     Grand Opera House, Great Southern, High St Theatre 
Davenport IA 40,000 98,359 2.5 1896 1896     Burtis Opera House, New Grand Opera House
Decatur IL 27,000 81,860 3.0 1893 1896     Germania Opera House
Denver CO 150,000 554,636 3.7 1883 1886 1888 1890   Taber's Opera house, Broadway Theatre
Des Moines IA 75,000 198,682 2.6 1896       Foster's Opera House
Detroit MI 305,000 951,270 3.1 1892 1893 1895 1896   Detroit Opera House, Whitney Grand Lyceum Theatre, Capital Sq, Campbell's Empire theatre
Dubuque IA 40,000 57,686 1.4 1896       Grand Opera House
Easton PA 40,000 26,263 0.7 1897       Able Opera House
Evansville IN 65,000 121,582 1.9 1893       The Grand, People's theatre
Freeport IL 17,000 26,443 1.6 1896       Tower's Opera House
Grand Rapids MI 85,000 197,800 2.3 1893       Powers Opera House
Hamilton Ontario 50,000 504,559 10.1 1848 1861 90 92  1830s--1852 Metropolitan Theatre
Harrisburg PA 50,000 48,950 1.0 1897       Grand Opera House
Hartford CT 75,000 121,578 1.6 1892 1894     Hartford Opera House, Parsons
Herkimer NY 5,000 7,498 1.5 1892       Grand Opera House
Indianapolis IN 125,000 781,870 6.3 1867 1895     Empire Theatre, English Opera House, Grand Opera House, Park Theatre  
Ithaca NY 15,000 29,287 2.0 1892       The Lyceum 
Janesville WI 16,000 59,498 3.7 1893       Myers' Grand
Johnstown PA 37,000 20,978 0.6 1892       Cambria Theatre, Johnstown Opera House
Kansas City MO 200,000 441,455 2.2 1886 1888 1890 1896   Coates Opera house, New Coates Opera House
Knoxville TN 45,000 173,890 3.9 1897       Staub's Opera House
Lafayette IN 30,000 56,397 1.9 1893       Grand opera House
Lancaster PA 40,000 56,348 1.4 1892 1897     Fulton Opera House
Lawrence MA 53,000 72,043 1.4 1895       Opera House
Lockport NY 20,000 21,165 1.1 1861       Arcade Hall
London Ontario 35,000 352,395 10.1 1892       Grand Opera House
Los Angeles CA 97,000 3,694,820 38.1 1888 1890 1896     Los Angeles Theatre, Orpheum, Burbank
Louisville KY 210,000 554,596 2.6 1893 1898     Macauley's Theatre, Amphitheatre auditorium, Avenue Theatre, Grand Opera House, Temple Theatre
Macon GA 35,000 97,255 2.8 1897       Academy of Music 
Madison WI 20,000 208,054 10.4 1896       Fuller Opera House
Middletown NY 15,000 25,388 1.7 1886       Casino Theatre
Milwaukee WI 275,000 596,974 2.2 1893 1895 1896     Davidson Theatre, 4 others listed
Mobile AL 40,000 198,915 5.0 1875       Grand Opera House
Montreal Quebec 300,000 1,620,693 5.4 1894 1895     Theatre Royal [JN] Academy of Music, Queen's Theatre, Theatre Francais
New Haven CT 100,000 123,626 1.2 1894       Grand Opera House, Hyperion Theater
New London CT 16,000 25,671 1.6 1894       Lyceum Theatre
New Orleans LA 275,000 484,674 1.8 1871 1897 L Barrett 1871-1873 St Charles Theatre, Varieties Theatre
New York NY 1,900,000 8,008,278 4.2 1877 1886-1897      
Newark NJ 350,000 273,456 0.8 1894 1896 1897     Newark Theatre, Jacob's Theatre, Waldman's Opera House
Newport RI 22,000 26,475 1.2 1894       Opera house
Niagara Falls NY 30,000 55,595 1.9 1892 1894 Niagara Falls Ont4,5K Park Theatre
Norfolk VA 75,000 234,403 3.1 1893       Van Wyck's Academy of Music
Ogden UT 18,000 77,226 4.3 1886       no performances
Omaha NE 150,000 390,007 2.6 1886 1888 1890 1896   Creighton, Boyd's New Theatre
Oswego NY 22,000 18,142 0.8 1892       Richardson Theatre
Ottawa Ontario 53,000 812,135 15.3 1861       Her Majesty's Theatre
Pensacola FL 15,000 56,255 3.8 1897       Opera House
Peoria IL 68,000 112,936 1.7 1893       Grand opera House
Philadelphia PA 1,500,000 1,517,500 1.0 1875 1887-1898   1875-1877  Arch St, Broad St. Chestnut St, Grand Theater, National Theatre, Park Theatre, Walcotts Walnut St  Canhn's lists 14 theaters in Philadelphia
Pittsburgh PA 350,000 334,563 1.0 1891 1893 1894 1896   Alvin Theater, 3 others in Cahns
Pittsfield MA 28,000 45,793 1.6 1891       Academy of Music
Portland OR 100,000 529,121 5.3 1890 1896     Marquam Grand Opera House
Portland  ME 45,000 64,249 1.4 1895       Portland Theatre, City Hall 
Providence RI 155,000 173,618 1.1 1893 1894 1895 1897    Keith's Opera House, Providence Opera House
Pueblo CO 36,000 102,121 2.8 1886       Grand Opera House 
Richmond VA 100,000 197,790 2.0 1893       Academy of Music, Richmond Theatre
Rochester NY 160,000 219,773 1.4 1893 1894     Lyceum Theatre
Rockford IL 35,000 150,115 4.3 1893 1896     Opera House
Sacramento CA 35,000 407,018 11.6 1886 1890 1896     Clunie Opera House 
Salt Lake City UT 65,000 181,743 2.8 1884 18861890 1896     Salt Lake Theatre
San Diego CA 20,000 1,223,400 61.2 1896       Fisher Opera House
San Francisco CA 300,000 776,733 2.6 1883 1886-1888 1890 1896   Baldwin Theatre, California Theatre
Savannah GA 65,000 131,510 2.0 1873 1897     Savannah Theatre
Scranton PA 90,000 76,415 0.8 1892 1897     Academy of Music
Seattle WA 65,000 563,374 8.7 1890 1896     Seattle Theatre
Peekskill NY 12,000 25,583 2.1 1892       DePew Opera House
South Bend IN 28,000 107,789 3.8 1893       Oliver Opera House
Springfield IL 35,000 111,454 3.2 1893       Chatterton Opera House
Saint Joseph MO 60,000 73,990 1.2 1886 1888 1890     Crawford Theatre, Tootle Theatre
Saint Louis MO 700,000 348,149 0.5 1865 1893 1894 1895 1896  1865-1870 NO Olympic, Century & 10
St Thomas Ontario 15,000 36,110 2.4 1892       Duncombe's New Opera House
Stockton CA 30,000 243,771 8.1 1890       Yo Semite Theatre
Syracuse NY 125,000 147,306 1.2 1892       Bastable Theatre, Grand Opera House
Tacoma WA 60,000 193,556 3.2 1890       Tacoma Theatre
Terre Haute IN 45,000 59,614 1.3 1893       Opera House burned since last issue 
Toronto Ontario 200,000 2,503,281 12.5 1852 1892 1894  Toronto 1852-1862 w/JN Royal Lyceum, Grand Opera House, Princess Theatre, Toronto Opera House, Toronto Theatre
Trenton NJ 90,000 85,403 0.9 1897       Trenton's Opera House
Troy NY 62,000 49,170 0.8 1892 1893     Rand's Opera House
Utica NY 50,000 60,651 1.2 1886 1892     Utica Opera House
Vancouver BC 20,000 578,041 28.9 1896       Vancouver Opera House
Washington DC 300,000 572,055 1.9 1885 1887 1891 1893 1894   National Theatre, Academy of Music, Albaugh's Grand Opera House
Wheeling WV 40,000 331,419 8.3 1892 1893     Opera House
Wilkes Barre PA 100,000 43,123 0.4 1892       Grand Opera House
Wilmington DE 70,000 72,664 1.0 1892 1897     Grand Opera House
Zanesville OH 30,000 25,586 0.9 1893       Schultz Opera House
Victoria BC 23,000 78,000 3.4 1896  nights on boat Victoria Theatre  

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