BACHELDER, J. B.
Great Falls, Somersworth New Hampshire. Sketched from the High School Building. To the Citizens of Great Falls this picture is most respectfully dedicated by the Publisher, John B. Bachelder
New York: J. B. Bachelder, 1856. Hand-colored lithograph by Endicott & Co. Image: 9 1/2 x 15 7/8 inches. Sheet : 14 x 18 1/8 inches. Browned with age. Two repaired tears, one into the image, one in the bottom margin.
Panoramic view of Somersworth, New Hampshire
The town was briefly known as Great Falls after two brothers established the Great Falls Manufacturing Company to produce textiles in 1822. Several mills were built using the power of the Salmon Falls River. These can be seen in the middle distance of this view.
John Bachelder was one of the leading viewmakers of 19th century America. Lithographic views of American cities and towns were very popular in the latter half of the century and were a testament of American pride in its settlement of the continent.