Nashua, an industrial town located at the juncture of the Nashua and Merrimack Rivers in southern New Hampshire, was recorded on two birds eye views in less than ten years. The first was published in 1875 by Howard H. Bailey, and the second by his brother Oakley in 1883.
In the former, Howard views the city from the north, giving prominence to two large textile mills, the Nashua Manufacturing Company on the right and the Jackson Manufacturing Companys Indian Head Mills on the left. These two industrial complexes, the largest employers in the city, were located on the Nashua River which is also strategically positioned flowing from right to left through the middle of the drawing.
What makes this drawing especially interesting is the railroad station, labeled as the Concord and Union Depot and prominently displayed on the left side of the drawing. Apparently, Howard added it to the drawing based on plans supplied by the railroad company. However, the railroad station was not constructed as planned and Bailey was criticized in the local press for this misrepresentation.