In 1873, Philadelphia cartographers Roe and Colby published this wall map of Bath. This detail shows the central business district bounded by the Courthouse and Soldiers' Monument on the west (left), the Kennebec River on the east, the Custom House to the south and the Capt. William Torrey House in the north, where the Patten Free Library was built in 1889.
This downtown area was established on Shaw's Point around 1800 and reached the limits depicted here by the mid 1850s. Industry, retail, residences, office space, and cultural institutions, were all contained within this area, which remains the heart of contemporary downtown Bath.
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