(US Library of Congress)

Did you know that Beacon Hill Park used to be a horse race course?

While this is nothing new – quite literally – the U.S. Library of Congress archives features an entry that could be of interest to a lot of Victoria residents.

The item is a detailed bird’s-eye-view map of Victoria in 1878, showcasing a time before the Legislature building and iconic Empress hotel building outlined the city’s inner harbour.

The illustration not only captures the overall look of the city but also pinpoints some landmarks like City Hall and the old Customs House.

Other notable features include intricate details of horse-drawn carriages, fishing boats, piers and more that the artist used to flesh out the vibe of the city.

Click here to check it out for yourself.