Map Monday: 1901 Dual City Blue Book Map of Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Via @neomischa on Twitter, here’s a beautiful old map of the Twin Cities, published especially for the Dual City Blue Book in 1901.

streetcar tc dual city map



The “Dual City Blue Book” was a kind of map and guide, sort of a combination of Yellow Pages, street atlas, and Happenings’ book of its era. It describes itself as a “private address directory, ladies calling and shopping guide, for St. Paul and Minneapolis  [with] names of eighteen thousand householders, arranged alphabetically and classified by streets.”

I totally want one of these! You can page through them online at the Digitial Public Library of America archive.

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.