Walling’s own copy of his important and scarce pocket map of the White Mountains. The map depicts the natural and human geography of the region in great detail, including lakes, streams and rivers; hills and mountains; county and town boundaries; roads and railroads; and mills, factories and other industrial establishments. The most striking features, however, […]
Henry Walling was perhaps the most accomplished and interesting American mapmaker of the mid-late 19th century, in no small part because of his prolific output: Between 1848 and 1888 he produced perhaps 150 large-scale, separately-issued maps of American towns and counties; several seminal state maps; numerous state and county atlases; and many maps for the U.S. Geological Survey. But arguably his greatest impact was as a serial innovator. He helped pioneer new models of partnership between commercial, local, state and Federal mapping enterprises; demonstrated that commercial mapmakers could produce high-quality, low-cost maps by drawing on the work of government scientific agencies; was a leading advocate of applying geodetic survey methods and tools to local and regional surveys; and catalyzed the first topographical (i.e., three dimensional) survey of an American state.
To learn more about Walling’s long and fruitful career, see our article “Henry F. Walling and the Mapping of New England’s Towns, 1849-1857.”