It’s getting hot out there. From the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.
The Belt Railway Company of Chicago, 1969
Interesting local details include the Union Stock Yards (for fans of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair), feeding yards, and the icing station (filling the ice bunkers of old-style railroad refrigerator cars).
One can also see the lines of the many, old, now ‘consolidated away’ railway companies. At the time of this map’s publishing, 12 of them jointly owned the Belt Railway. Today its ownership is split among only 6 surviving companies who use its services.
Beyond that, one can only marvel that this complicated system resided within a very large city.
from: The Official Guide of the Railways; June 1969; National Railway Publication Company; 424 W 33rd Street New York.
Speaking of states’ shapes….
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Unknown, 1929, Communication Lines of the Atlantic Ocean
Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts by zip code (via Very Spatial)
A new schematic map of London subway. (Via Mapperz)
The World According to the USA
Rufus Blanchard, 1890, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.