MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT

 

$350

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AUTHOR:

PIERSON, S.C.

TITLE:

Map of West Peak and Percival Park. The Property Henry N. Johnson. At Meriden CT. 1889

CONDITION:

Manuscript, ink on thick paper. 11-1/4” x 26-1/2”. Lined with old linen. Ex-Library stamp. A few very minor signs of aging, overall good condition.

DATE:

1889

DESCRIPTION:

At 1,024 feet, West Peak is the highest traprock peak in the state of Connecticut. Located to the west of Meriden in the Hanging Hills, the peak offers a sweeping panorama from Long Island Sound in the south to the Berkshires in the north.

In the late 1880s, West Peak and neighboring East Peak were owned by Henry N. Johnson, who evidently intended to develop them. Drawn on a scale of one inch equals 100 feet, and with north to the right, Pierson’s plat map shows the area around the two peaks and neighboring Percival Park. A serpentine road system surrounds the park and extends to the edge of the peaks, and is bordered by 92 numbered lots. Approximately ten of these lots have the names of purchasers added in a later hand. The proposal evidently came to nothing and the entire area is now incorporated into Hubbard Park. In 1882, Price, Lee & Co., of New Haven, had published a street map of Meriden by Pierson.

REFERENCES:

Inventory No. 8481

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