Map of Lake George & Vicinity


Folding pocket map of the collar of counties around Lake George.

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Lake George, known as the Queen of American Lakes, is a narrow body of water about 30 miles long and between 1-2 miles wide in northeast New York. The lake sits on a direct route between Montreal and Albany, and thus played important roles in the French & Indian and American Revolutionary Wars (note Old Fort Ticonderoga at the top of the page). But in 1876, at the time this map was published, the area was known for its sophisticated, and often wealthy, visitors.

The newly completed rail lines, seen on the left and right sides of the page, brought in members of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, along with artists like Martin Johnson Heade and John Fredrick Kensett. Although the lake was a popular destination, especially during the summer months, settlement was still sparse in the last quarter of the 19th century. The map shows a number of small towns and post offices scattered throughout the area. Bolton, on the west shore of the lake, would eventually become home to “Millionaire’s Row.” The map also reflects rudimentary topographical information, roads, and water features.

It was based on a survey by Fredrick Beers and published by his cousin, James Beers. In 1870, the two had banded together to found the J.B. Beers & Co. Between 1865 and 1900, the Beers firm produced over 80 atlases, many in conjunction with other publishers (notably Charles & Augustus Warner).

Map Details

Publication Date: 1876

Author: J.B. Beers & Co.

Sheet Width (in): 23.00

Sheet Height (in): 33.00

Condition: B-

Condition Description: The map is in good condition, with some severe tears that have been repaired on verso resulting in minor image loss. Fading on the cover panel (gilt cloth, still attached) and minor edge wear also present. But overall a very acceptable example of a scarce pocket map.