Embrace America's Rivers

River Cities....

Listed are a collection of river cities, the river that flows by them and the date that we have an image of the city. These are not ordinary images but beautiful posters from the past. They are often called "birds eye" views because when the images were created, there were no airplanes. The artists made the prints from surveying the land and the results were their interpretation of what the city might look like from above. The amazing thing about the work is the accuracy of the images. The river, bridges, buildings and other landmarks at the time show a great amount of attention to detail. Many of the posters have buildings identified. If one looks closely, little things can be seen like horse & buggies and riverboats.

For faster loading, these are low-res images. If you see an image that you would like a free hi-res download of, you can find it at the Library of Congress web site: loc.gov/collections/panoramic-maps
Click on the name of a city to see the image. Then click back-page to return to the list.  These images are public domain and may be used for any purpose.

Brookville, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1895

Burlington, Iowa-Mississippi River 1889

Cairo, Illinois-Ohio & Mississippi Rivers 1867

Canal Dover, Ohio-Tuscarawas River 1899

Canton, New York-Grasse River 1885

Carnegie, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1897

Carthage, New York-Black River 1888

Catskill, New York-Hudson River 1889

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-Cedar River 1868

Charleroi, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1887

Chattanooga, Tennessee-Tennessee River 1886

Chicago, Illinois-Chicago River 1898

Chicopee, Massachusetts-Chicopee River 1878

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin-Chippewa River 1907

Cincinnati, Ohio-Ohio River 1900

Circleville, Ohio-Scioto River 1876

Clarksville, Tennessee-Cumberland River 1870

Clearfield, Pennsylvania-Susquehanna River 1895

Columbia, Pennsylvania-Susquehanna River 1894

Columbus, Georgia-Chattahoochee River 1886

Connellsville, Pennsylvania-Youghioghen River 1897

Corning, New York-Chemung River 1882

Cumberland, Maryland-Potomac River 1906

Davenport, Iowa-Mississippi River 1888

Davis, West Virginia-Cheat River 1898

Delphi, Indiana-Wabash River 1868

Deposit, New York-Delaware River 1887

Des Moines, Iowa-Des Moines River 1868

Detroit, Michigan-Detroit River 1889

Dover, New Hampshire-Piscataqua River 1877

Dubuque, Iowa-Mississippi River 1889

Duquesne, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1897

Elgin, Illinois-Fox River 1880

Elizabeth, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1897

Emlenton, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1897

Evansville, Indiana-Ohio River 1888

Exeter, New Hampshire-Squamscott River 1896

Fairmont, West Virginia-Monongahela River 1897

Ford City, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1896

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin-Rock River 1870

Fort Madison, Iowa-Mississippi River 1889

Fort Wayne, Indiana-St. Marys-Maumee & St. Marys & St. Joseph Rivers

Frankfort, Kentucky-Kentucky River 1871

Franklin, New Hampshire-Merrimack River 1884

Franklin, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1901

Fredericksburg, Virginia-Rappahan River 1862

Gardner, Maine-Kennebec River 1878

Garfield, New Jersey-Hudson River 1909

Geneva, Illinois-Fox River 1869

Gadsden, Alabama-Coosa River 1887

Glassport, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1902

Grafton, West Virginia-Tygart River 1898

Grand Rapids, Michigan-Grand River 1868

Great Falls, Montana-Missouri River 1891

Green Bay, Wisconsin-Fox River 1867

Greene, New York-Chenango River 1890

Greenwich, NY-Battenkill River 1885

Guttenberg, Iowa-Mississippi River 1869

Hackensack, New Jersery-Hackensack River 1896

Halloway, Maine-Kennebec River 1878

Hannibal, Missouri-Mississippi River 1869

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-Susquehanna River 1855

Hastings, Minnesota-Mississippi River 1867

Henniker, New Hampshire-Contoocook River 1889

Hillsborough, New Hampshire-Contoocook River 1884

Holyoke, Massachusetts-Connecticut River 1877

Homestead, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1902

Houston, Texas-Houston Ship Canal 1891

Iowa City, Iowa-Iowa River 1868

Jacksonville, Florida-Saint Johns River 1876

Jefferson City, Missouri-Missouri River 1869

Jefferson, Wisconsin-Rock River 1870

Kankakee, Ilinois-Kankakee River 1869

Kansas City, MO-Missouri River 1869

Kittanning, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1896

Knoxville, TN-Tennessee River 1886

Kokomo, Indiana-Wilcrat Creek 1868

La Crosse, Wisconsin-Mississippi River 1867

Lafayette, Indiana-Wabash River 1868

Lake City, Minnesota-Mississippi river 1867

Laredo, Texas-Rio Grande River 1892

Lawrence, Kansas-Kansas River 1869

Leavenworth, Kansas-Missouri River 1869

Lewisburgh, Pennsylvania-Susquehanna River 1884

Lexington, Missouri-Missouri River 1869

Little Rock, Arkansas-Arkansas River 1871

Littletown, New Hampshire-Ammonoosuc River 1883

Louisville, Kentucky-Ohio River 1876

Lyons, Iowa-Mississippi River 1868

Mankato, Minnesota-Minnesota River 1870

Martins Ferry, Ohio-Ohio River 1899

McGregor, Iowa-Mississippi River 1869

McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania-Ohio River 1901

McKeesport, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1893

Mechanicville, New York-Hudson River 1882

Memphis, Tennessee-Mississippi River 1870

Merrill, Wisconsin-Wisconsin River 1883

Middletown, Connecticut-Connecticut River 1877

Mifflintown, Pennsylvania-Juniata River 1895

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Milwaukee River 1879

Mingo Junction, Ohio-Ohio River 1899

Minneapolis, Minnesota-Mississippi River 1867

Moline, Illinois-Mississippi river 1869

Monaca, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1900

Monongahela City, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1902

Montgomery, Alabama-Alabama River 1887

Morgantown, West Virginia-Monongahela River 1897

Morrisville, Pennsylvania-Delaware River 1893

Moundsville, West Virginia-Ohio River 1899

Nebraska City, Nebraska-Missouri River 1868

New Brighton, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1883

New Kensington, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1902

New Martinsville, West Virginia-Ohio River 1899

New Orleans, Louisiana-Mississippi River 1885

New Ulm, Minnesota-Minnesota River 1870

New York, New York-Hudson River 1865

Newport News, Virginia-James River 1887

Niagara Falls, New York-Niagara River 1882

Niles, Michigan-Saint Joseph River 1868

Norfolk, Virginia-James River 1892

Norwich, Connecticut-Connecticut River 1912

Oil City, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1896

Omaha Nebraska-Missouri River 1868

Oneonta, New York-Susquehanna River 1884

Oswego, New York-Oswego River 1855

Paducah, Kentucky-Ohio River 1889

Parkersburg, West Virginia-Ohio River 1899

Patterson, Pennsylvania-Patterson River 1895

Pawtucket, Rhode Island-Blackstone River 1877

Peoria, Illinois-Illinois River 1867

Peru, Indiana-Wabash River 1868

Peshtigo, Wisconsin-Peshtigo River 1871

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-Delaware River 1876

Philippi, West Virginia-Tygart River 1897

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-Monongehela & Allegheny & Ohio Rivers 1874

Pittston, Pennsylvania-Susquehanna River 1892

Point Marion, Pennsylvania-Monongehela & Cheat Rivers 1902

Port Huron, Michigan-Saint Clair River 1867

Port Jervis, New York-Delaware River 1920

Portage, Wisconsin-Wisconsin River 1868

Portland, Oregon-Columbia River 1890

Poughkeepsie, New York-Hudson River 1874

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin-Mississippi River 1870

Putnam, Connecticut-Connecticut River 1877

Red Wing, Minnesota-Mississippi River 1868

Richmond, Indiana-Whitewater River 1884

Richmond, Maine-Kennebec River 1878

Richmond, Virginia-James River 1863

Roanoke, Virginia-Roanoke River 1891

Rochester, Minnesota-Zumbro River 1869

Rochester, New York-Genesee River 1880

Rochester, Pennsylvania-Ohio River 1900

Rock Island, Illinois-Mississippi River 1874

Rockford, Illinois-Rock River 1880

Roscoe, Pennsylvania-Monongahela River 1902

Royersford, Pennsylvania-Schuylkill river 1893

Sacramento, California-Sacramento River 1849

Saginaw, Michigan-Saginaw River 1867

Salem, Oregon-Willamette River 1876

Salmon Falls, New Hampshire-Salmon Falls River 1877

Saint Cloud, Minnesota-Mississippi River 1869

Saint Joseph, Missouri-Missouri River 1868

Saint Louis, Missouri-Mississippi River 1896

Saint Marys, West Virginia-Ohio River 1899

Saint Paul, Minnesota-Mississippi River 1893

Saint Peter, Minnesota-Minnesota River 1870

Sandy Hill, New York-Hudson River 1884

Sauk City, Wisconsin-Wisconsin River 1887

Selma, Alabama, Alabama River 1887

Shakopee, Minnesota-Minnesota river 1869

Sharpsville, Pennsylvania-Shenango River 1901

Sheboygan, Wisconsin-Sheboygan River 1885

Shelton, Connecticut-Housatonic River 1919

Sioux City, Iowa-Missouri River 1888

Sistersville, West Virginia-Ohio River 1896

South Bend, Indiana-Saint Joseph River 1866

Spokane, Washington-Spokane River 1905

Springfield, Massachusetts-Connecticut River 1875

Stillwater, Minnesota-Saint Croix River 1870

Stillwater, New York-Hudson River 1889

Stockton, California-Sacramento River 1895

Tarentum, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1901

Tell City, Indiana-Ohio River 1872

Terre Haute, Indiana-Wabash River 1880

The Dalles, Oregon-Columbia River 1884

Tidioute, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1896

Tionesta, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1896

Topeka, Kansas-Kansas River 1869

Towanda, Pennsylvania-Susquehanna River 1880

Troy, New York-Hudson River 1881

Turner Falls, Massachusetts-Connecticut River 1877

Tuskaloosa, Alabama-Black Warrior River 1887

Unionville, Connecticut-Farmington River 1878

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-Schuylkill River 1890

Van Buren, Arkansas-Arkansas River 1888

Verona, Pennsylvania-Allegheny River 1896

Walton, New York-Delaware River 1887

Warren, Ohio-Mahoning River 1870

Washington, Missouri-Missouri River 1869

Watertown, Wisconsin-Rock River 1885

Waynesboro, Virginia-South River 1891

Westerly, Rhode Island-Yoga River 1877

Wheeling, West Virginia-Ohio River 1870

Whitewater, Wisconsin-Wisconsin River 1885

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania-Susquehanna River 1889

Wilmington, Delaware-Delaware River 1874

Windsor Locks, Connecticut-Connecticut River 1877

Winona, Minnesota-Mississippi River 1889

Wyandotte, Kansas-Kansas River 1869