Homestead, Pennsylvania, 1902


This panoramic map shows Homestead, Pennsylvania, as it appeared in 1902. Homestead was the site of a major steel mill owned by Andrew Carnegie and of a bloody strike in 1892 resulting from a dispute between the Carnegie Steel Company and the steelworkers union. The index at the bottom indicates points of interest, including the steel works and other major industrial facilities, railroad stations, schools, churches, and the city’s Carnegie Library. The number and variety of houses of worship—a synagogue and churches for Presbyterian, Baptist, Lutheran, Polish Catholic, German Catholic, Lithuanian Catholic, Welsh Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.), and other congregations—reflects the ethnic, racial, and religious diversity of the city. The panoramic map was a cartographic form in popular use to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also known as bird's-eye views or perspective maps, they are representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Not generally drawn to scale, the maps show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective. This work is by Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler (1842–1922), one of the most prolific makers of panoramic maps.

Last updated: April 13, 2012