Ca. 1880'S THE CHAMBERSBURG BEFORE THE ITALIAN IMMIGRATION
It took me the better part of 2 hours to stitch this incredible graphic together from a very rare and quite huge and VERY DELICATE wall map that has been in my collection for a long time. There is no date on the map but I place it in the 1880 before the influx of Italian immigrants began to move into the area. Over the years, I have written much about the Chambersburg of the post Civil War 1860's when it was basically corn fields and apple orchards and other vestiges of a farming area.As can be seen by the little article below from May, 1884, the number coming from the old country was growing rapidly. As the article also says, "A few years ago there was hardly an Italian in Trenton outside the manipulators of the hand organ.."