South-western view of Wilmington - The above shows the appearance of the principal part of Wilmington, as seen from the New Castle road. Christiana Creek, which bound the city on the south-west, is quite narrow, but deep. Market-street, the principal business street, ascends from the bridge to the summit of the elevation, and is thickly studded with shops, stores, etc. The city hall, custom house, and several churches are on the elevated ground. The car-house of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Railroad is seen on the right.
John Warner Barber & Henry Howe,Our Whole Country or the Past and Present of the United States....Volume I (New York: Tuttle & McCauley, 1861), 561.