Map of Cook County Illinois 1926 Showing Highways and Forest Preserves


The birth of Route 66?

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This fabulously detailed transportation map of Cook County, Illinois was published in 1926 by Rand McNally on behalf of the local Board of County Commissioners. The image is boldly accentuated by various improvements to the road networks identified in a custom key below the title block. Red text in the upper left identifies the additions per the “recommendations of President [Anton] Cermak’s Advisory Committee on Road Widening and Emergency Construction.”

It appears the map was issued to promote what was likely a hot button topic at the time – the use of public funds for road improvements. Suggested upgrades include the widening of Ogden Avenue (it become designated Route 66 the year of publication), paving large stretches of Harlem Avenue, and numerous new paved connections with the city of Chicago.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1926

Author: Rand McNally

Sheet Width (in): 26.6

Sheet Height (in): 29.75

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Moderate creasing and wear along former fold lines, including faint discoloration (horizontal fold, top of page) and several spots of separation that have been repaired on the verso with archival tape. Wear, creasing, light soiling (upper left) and several tears along the outer edges.


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