1891 Map of Washington’s Street Lamps

This is an interesting and unique map … probably not one you’ve seen before. It shows all the underground cables, mapped in 1891. At the time there were only 321 electric lamps, mostly along major thoroughfares, with close to 5,000 gas lamps.

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1891 map of street lamps
1891 map of street lamps

Source: Library of Congress

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  • ET

    No street lamps near my house. Not surprising really.

    What was interesting are all the street lamps on E leading up to the cemetery which is pretty much in line with the fact that one of the first streets on the Hill to be paved was E because it led to the cemetery and paving held up better with all the carriage traffic and heavy caissons.