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Auction 163, Lot 307

"Sketch of the Pontchartrain Harbour & Breakwater Exhibiting the Plan & Position of the Work as Finally Approved by the Engr. Department", U.S. Government

Subject: New Orleans, Louisiana

Period: 1853 (dated)

Publication: Sen. Ex. Doc. 1, 33rd Congress, 1st Sess

Color: Black & White

35.9 x 7.8 inches
91.2 x 19.8 cm
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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 its 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.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with light toning along several folds, a couple of spots of foxing, and some soiling at far left. There are some binding holes in the left blank margin.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $75

Closed on 6/14/2017