Central Park in the 1800’s

Follow the development of Central Park in New York throughout the 1800’s with these interesting historical photos, maps, paintings, drawings and stereograms (click images to enarge).

1-Central Park’s original grand entrance on Fifth Avenue with policeman and guard house
Central Park’s original grand entrance on Fifth Avenue with policeman and guard house
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Map of the lands included in the Central Park topographical survey June 17th 1856, and plan for the improvement of the Central park adopted by the commissioners June 3rd,1856
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View in Central Park, New York, ca. 1859
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General view of Central Park, 1860
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The Dairy in Central Park, 1860
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The Lake in Central Park, 1862
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View of the Arbor on the Eastside near 5th Avenue, 1862
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Central Park, 1863
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This stereoview of Central Park from 1863 is labeled “Baseball Day.” Though no bases, bats or balls are visible, beyond the group in the foreground, the people are standing in the formation of a baseball diamond. The exact location of this photo is unknown.
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The Skating Pond, Central Park, 1864
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Central Park in the Summer, 1865
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Entrance to Central Park at the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street, 1866
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Vaux & Olmstead Map of Central Park, 1868
1868-A camel in a field No, it’s really Central Park in 1868. The camel was part of the menagerie (zoo). You paid extra to get a ride on it.
Back in 1868 you could ride a camel in Central Park.
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The Lake-from-the-Terrace, 1868
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View in 6th Avenue Between 55th and 57th Streets, Looking West, 1868
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View of Bethesda Terrace, Central_Park, 1868
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The Grand Drive at Central Park, 1869
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The Spa, Central Park, 1870
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The swings in Central Park, 1871
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View on the Central Lake, 1872
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The Terrace, Central Park,1872
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Bethesda Fountain before sculptor Emma Stebbins famous bronze statue Angel of the Waters was installed in 1873
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Entrance at 5th Avenue and 59th-street, Central park, 1866
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The Mall in Central Park, 1890s
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‘Cares and business and the work-a-day world vanish when you enter there’,1895
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‘The arbors of the road crossings hang heavy with purple wisteria”, 1895
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The Terrace in Central Park, 1895
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Ice Skating on the Lake in Central Park
An ad for the Conover and Walker Central Park Skate Emporium broadside
An ad for the Conover and Walker Skate Emporium in Central Park
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This is why the park roadways needed continual cleaning: hundreds of horse drawn vehicles traveling along the drives, 1896

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