Map Monday: 1897 Rand McNally Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Via David Rumsey’s great website, here’s a fun map you can check out from 1897, a colorful atlas view of the Twin Cities during the early heyday of streetcars.

The overview:

1897 Mcnally Tc Map 1

Here’s the close-up of the downtown areas:

1897 Mcnally Tc Map 2


It’s fun to Imagine all the farmland that surrounded the streetcar lines that had just been laid out through the southern parts of both cities.

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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.