1722 Bonner Map of Boston
This is the map that I really wanted to see in Google Earth, the earliest complete map of Boston, created by Capt. John Bonner in 1722. It shows all the original shoreline before any major landfills had begun and the population was a mere 10,000.
Original 1722 Bonner Map of Boston
Lining this up with the current street layout is just about impossible because of slight errors in the original map itself, but it is still pretty close. The old burial ground near the Boston Common is plainly visible, as is the original town dock (now Dock Square in the middle of the city in front of Faneuil Hall.)
1722 Bonner Map of Boston rendered in Google Earth
A larger version of this image is available here.
If you would like to explore this map, the layer can be downloaded using this KML file: bonner.kml. The underlying map image is pretty large, about 1.5 megs so it may take a few seconds to fully load into the application. Click on the “3D Buildings” option to see the topographical changes stand out more sharply. Use the navigation in the upper right-hand corner to change the angle and otherwise move through the map.