Detailed map of Alabama, colored by counties.
Shows towns, township surveys, forts, swamps, lakes, rivers, railroads, roads, post offices, stations, etc. Large inset of the Entrance to Mobile Bay.
Includes a table of census populations from 1810 to 1880 and a brief history of Alabama, from its discovery by De Soto in 1542 to its organization as a territory in 1817, and statehood in 1819. It also notes that Alabama was part of Georgia until 1802 and part of Mississippi Territory from 1802-1817.
One of the best commercial atlas maps of the era from one of the leading American map publishers of the period.
O. W. Gray was a publishing firm based in Philadelphia. Later, they published as O. W. Gray & Son. They published atlases in the late nineteenth century. Gray's National Atlas was one of the most successful commercial ventures of the 1870s and one of the last to employ hand coloring on maps.