Publication: Board of Improvement, July, 1893, Ashtabula
First edition. 8 1/2" x 5 3/4" tan-colored faux crocodile skin textured softcovers and with black lettering on front cover. 94,  pp., printed in blue ink. Preface. Contents. Over 100 blue color-tinted photographs. Scarce local history and land promotion filled with photo images of Victorian Ashtabula, Ohio, at the time of the Columbian Exposition. In the mid-19th century Ashtabula was an important final way station on the Underground Railroad where fleeing African-American slaves could take ships and be smuggled to Canada. By the end of the 19th century the city had become one of the most important ports for coal shipments at the mouth of the Ashtabula River northeast of Cleveland, Ohio, and became a center for immigrants from Finland, Sweden, and Italy. History of Ashtabula followed by information on transportation development government, climate, bridge disaster of 1876, churches, press, the harbor, railroads, various manufacturers, mining, education, religion, various businesses, societies, etc. The photo illustrations in this work show the downtown streets, businesses, mills, factories, bridges, port facilities, representative homes and businesses, and more. Minor soiling to first few pages at fore-edge of text block; light soiling to covers and with light wear to extremities as well as chipping and rubbing to spine. Very good.
Inventory Number: 44873