Map Monday: Hand-Drawn Map of North America, Minnesota Regional Edition

Over the last few years, a cartographer named Anton Thomas has been meticulously hand-drawing a huge map of North America, all the way from Nunavut to Panama. Of course it includes the Upper Midwest.

The map is quite beautiful, massive, and full of whimsy. Here’s how Thomas describes the process:

An ongoing pictorial map, The North American Continent is drawn completely by hand with coloured pencil and pen. It is a 59 x 47 inch (150 x 120 cm) cylindrical projection of the entire region, spanning from Alaska to Panama; Greenland to the Caribbean. As of January 2017 it stands around 80% complete and has thousands of features, including 360 animals and 530 cities and towns.

Check out this great detailed look at the Minnesota/Wisconsin region, and feel free to go to the site and click around to explore the rest of the continent.

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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.