A Map of Indiana Showing its History, Points of Interest


The fourth edition of a pictorial map of Indiana published by the DNR.

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This is an attractive map of Indiana depicting the state’s multitude of historical events, locations, and points of interest. An early depiction of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lincoln’s boyhood home, and important battle scenes are pictured alongside forts, riverboats, and towns. Colorful vignettes showcase natural features, transportation options, and park highlights. Territorial responsibilities of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are underscored throughout.

Accompanying text provides contextual information alongside the illustrations, with emphasis on dated events and historic sites. The decorative title cartouche reflects on the strong Native American presence prior to white settlement. According to the University of Indiana;

“At first glance this [map] seems to be primarily a celebration of Indiana’s hardy pioneer generation and its accomplishments. But a close-up look reveals much, much more: This a celebration of Hoosier culture and history, an attempt to tell a more inclusive story of Indiana’s past, a broadened history that locates the principal Underground Railroad route in Indiana as well as the birthplace of James Whitcomb Riley, the “Hoosier Poet.” Larger than live figures from Indiana folklore like Jonny Appleseed get their due, as well as the state’s inventors, literary figures, early interurban lines, first electrically lighted towns, natural gas deposits, as well as the Hoosier state’s limestone industry.”

The map was originally designed by Lee Carter and published by the Indiana Department of Conservation in 1932. This 1967 version is one of the last examples of the map to be issued and reflects the change to the Department of Natural Resources in 1965. Indiana University states that a 1974 edition also exists, but I’ve been unable to independently confirm.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1967

Author: Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Sheet Width (in): 24.75

Sheet Height (in): 34.75

Condition: B

Condition Description: Good condition with minor fold wear and discoloration in bottom right panel (exterior of map as originally folded)