Lovell's Gazetteer of British North America - published for 1874


Cat No.:   CA0104:

There's nothing I can say to describe the contents of this book which isn't already printed in it.

The title page has: Lovell's gazetteer of British North America: containing the latest and most authentic descriptions of over six thousand cities, towns and villages in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, British Columbia, and The North West Territories; and general information, drawn from official sources, as to the names, locality, extent, etc., of over fifteen hundred lakes and rivers, table of routes, showing the proximity of the railroad stations, and sea, lake and river ports, to the cities, towns, villages, etc., in the several provinces.

This is the first of the Lovell's Gazetteers of British North America and was edited by P. A. Crossby - born in 1842. It is titled as an 1874 edition but the copyright was registered in 1873 and this is how it is frequently listed by libraries. As well as being used to find the facts of locations known today as they were in the early 1870s it is invaluable for finding places which have since been swallowed up in our ever expanding cities, those whose names have been changed and those which have quietly faded away. By examination it seems as if Crossby used a population size of about 80 people as the threshold for the inclusion of a village or settlement. The Table of Routes and the accompanying lists of railway, ship and stage routings is particularly useful in understanding how accessible, or remote, the homes of our ancestors were. It also includes many pages of interesting advertising.

And the Preface contains: The nature and extent of the labor involved in the preparation of this Gazetteer may be inferred from the fact that there are 6,000 Cities, Towns and Villages within the Dominion of Canada and Newfoundland; that each of the 6,000 had to be classed in alphabetical order; the geographical position described; the railway or steamboat connections, postal or telegraphic facilities, distance from important centers; also the manufacturing, mining, agricultural, shipbuilding and fishery industries; and the population, as far as it could possibly be obtained. Also, that the locality and extent of over 1,500 Lakes and Rivers had to be described.

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