Mapping Change #1 – Indiana DNR

Mapping Change #1 – Indiana DNR

This is the first post to explore a sequence of maps over time. By showcasing the various maps together in one location, I hope to highlight both their similarities and differences as well as identify specific trends and changes. Below we have four pictorial maps of...
Love is in the Air and on the Map

Love is in the Air and on the Map

To (somewhat belatedly) celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I wanted to share with you a love story that can be traced on maps going back decades. It all started in 1962 with the establishment of TourMap, Inc. by Robert (Dick) and Marjorie Ingalls of Seattle,...
Catalog #1 – Chicago

Catalog #1 – Chicago

Click here to see the entire list.Certain selections and commentary below (functions best on desktop/tablet, due to length).Categories include: The Early DaysThe Great FireColumbian ExpoGrowth of the CityCentury of ProgressUsing the LandSuburbsTransportationChicago...
The Regicide of the ‘Monarch of the Plains.’

The Regicide of the ‘Monarch of the Plains.’

The tragic loss of Native American population and indigenous culture is one of the most calamitous effects from the gradual westward migration of settlers during the 19th century. A less visible, but no less gruesome, fate was shared by one of the most important...
A City Risen From The Ashes

A City Risen From The Ashes

Richard’s Illustrated and Statistical Map of the Great Conflagration in Chicago. Image courtesy of the Newberry Library. On the night of October 8, 1871, a small fire broke out in Chicago’s Near West Side, at the site of today’s CFD Quinn Fire Academy. (Though...

That’s One Way to Use a Map

People naturally gravitate to maps of places with which they have a close personal affinity. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I’m constantly looking for maps of my hometown, despite not having lived there for well over a decade. To my great surprise, I...