Map of the Coal Fields of the United States


Large map of the coal fields available in the Central and Eastern United States.

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Published in 1874 as part of a statistical atlas of the United States, this map shows the large coal deposits discovered in the 18th and 19th centuries through Pennsylvania and the Virginias, Indiana/Illinois and Iowa/Kansas. At the time of publication, wood was still the primary fuel and heating source throughout the United States, but would transition to coal during the 1880s. Upper and lower measures are depicted using shades of gray, indicating to the reader the stratification (and relative accessibility) of each coal region. Anthracite (hard coal) basins are also shown and is especially desirable for its high energy density and minimal impurities. Alluvium deposits, typically indicating exceptionally fertile soil, can be seen in yellow along the Missouri River outside of Kansas City. Despite the onset of mechanization, public shift to sustainable fuel sources and growing concern over global warming, coal mining continues to play an important role in the regions depicted on this map.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1874

Author: Charles Hitchcock

Sheet Width (in): 31.25

Sheet Height (in): 21.5

Condition: A-

Condition Description: The map is in excellent condition, with one 3" tear along the right side repaired on verso.


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