Auction 124, Lot 239

"Sketch of the Pontchartrain Harbour & Breakwater exhibiting the plans & position of the work as finally approved by the Engr. Department", U.S. Government

Subject: Louisiana, New Orleans

Period: 1853 (dated)

Publication: HR Doc. No. 1, 33 Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

Size:
35 x 7.7 inches
88.9 x 19.6 cm

A most uncommon issue that details plans for water improvements along the south shore of the lake. Features include the New Canal with lighthouse, the proposed Lafayette R.R., the Jefferson & Lake Pontchartrain R.R., Bayou St. John with breakwater and lighthouse, and more. The Pontchartrain R.R. and it's planned breakwater and lighthouse are shown and detailed in section plans: "Cross-Section of Breakwater & Fender" and "Plan of Breakwater." Notations on breakwaters state they are "designed to furnish safe anchorage in front of the terminal of the Pontchartrain Rail Road…" Read an extensive history of the rail road here. Lithographed by Wagner & McGuigan of Philadelphia.

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Condition: A

Folding as issued. A little darkening at centerfold backstrap, else fine.

Estimate: $150 - $250

Sold for: $75

Closed on 5/7/2008

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