Map of the City of Chicago, Ill., showing Relative Death Rates of the Totale Population in different wards.

A depressing reminder of late 19th century mortality in Chicago.

Out of stock

Are you interested in a high resolution image? Email me for inquiries.


This map of the city of Chicago is organized by wards, with darker colors representing higher death rates per 1,000 residents. The highest concentrations are along the course of the river, likely due to the prevalence of waterborne illnesses and heavy pollution. The lowest death rates can be found on the affluent South Side.

The population of Chicago hit 1 million in 1890, and the terrible pollution ultimately prompted a major construction project to reverse the flow of the Chicago River. The map clearly depicts Washington and Jackson Parks connected by the Midway Plaisance, a site which would ultimately host the Columbian Exposition shortly after publication.

Lithography by Augustus Hoen & Co., and published as part of documents related to the Eleventh Census of the United States.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1890

Author: Government Printing Office

Sheet Width (in): 8.40

Sheet Height (in): 11.40

Condition: A

Condition Description: Near fine condition, with a slight crease in the upper right corner.

Out of stock

SKU: 001572 Categories: , , , Tags: , ,