Staten Island 100 years ago

Staten Island1900TMPAmong the cool maps available for free download and use at the US Geological Survey’s website, I found this historic map of Staten Island. Some interesting facts that become apparent immediately are the great expanses of undeveloped land and the extent of uninhabitable swamps. The towns along the North Shore on either side of St. George are there, as are New Dorp and Tottenville, but little else. And notice the huge amount of marshland on either side of the Arthur Kill in New Jersey and Staten Island.

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