Driving Chart of Hartford and Vicinity 15 Miles Around

Late 19th century road map of the area around Hartford, Connecticut.

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As shown in the engraving in the background of the title, this driving chart was not for automobiles. Carl Benz wouldn’t apply for a patent for a “vehicle powered by a gas engine” for another two years. However, taking a leisurely ride has been an enjoyable pastime for much longer than cars have been around, and residents of Hartford would have used this chart in their local carriage rides.

Routes are marked boldly in red, linking the numerous small towns in the region. Dotted along each road are individual houses and farmsteads, each of which is named after its owner. Buildings of note, including colleges, industrial facilites, post offices, and hotels are also shown. What is not shown, however, is the poor condition of the roads that forced recreational travel to be a largely seasonal affair.

A previous owner alludes to this in the margin, where they noted that hatched lines reflect “roads in operation.”

Map Details

Publication Date: 1884

Author: Albert A. Hyde & Co.

Sheet Width (in): 41

Sheet Height (in): 42

Condition: A-

Condition Description: In excellent condition, dissected and mounted to linen with original guilt covers. Bright color and clean image. Some old markings in the margins and along certain routes.

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