Rare birdseye view of Tacoma and Mountain Rainier, lithographed by E.S. Glover in London and published by A.L. Bancroft in San Francisco.
Elevated view of town situated on Commencement Bay. The view shows the town wharf, depot, and saw mill at left, with the Northern Pacific Railroad (N.P.R.R.) at right, along with a heavily wooded area and snow-covered Mount Rainier in the distance. A number of streets, businesses and other place names are shown in the image.
One of the earliest views of any city in Washington Territory.
The view is rare. OCLC locates 5 copies (Library of Congress, Penn State, University of Washington, Seattle Public Library and Washington State University)
Eli Sheldon Glover (1844-1920) was one of the great viewmakers of the golden age of American bird's eye views. He began his career working for Albert Ruger in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1866. He was primarily a sales agent for Ruger but probably also helped him in the actual production of city views. Two years later Glover went to Chicago to become a printer and publisher under his own name, but his Merchants Lithographing Company was shortlived; it was destroyed by the 1871 Chicago Fire after only three years of operation. The Great Fire caused Glover to look farther afield, and he began making views in Ontario and Kansas. Slowly he made his way west, producing Colorado views in 1873-'74. In 1874, while based in Salt Lake City he traveled the Rocky Mountains and produced views in Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. In 1876 and '77, the Glovers lived in Los Angeles and Eli produced a total of 16 views of California cities. In the last period of his active career, he focused on views in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. His second to last view was in Alabama, and his final view, in 1912 after a long hiatus, was Port Arthur, Texas.