Movement of Corn on the Great Lakes


Cartographic visualization of one of America’s great commodities through the Great Lakes.

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Evoking the style of Charles-Joseph Minard’s map of Napoleon’s retreat though Russia, this map of the Great Lakes charts the masses of corn moved throughout the region, rather than the losses of the Grande Armée.

Chicago is visibly the export capital, with over 14 million bushels collected via rail, road, and river barge from America’s Midwestern interior. The value of the Erie Canal as a shortcut to the Atlantic is also evident from the image. Published in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1923.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1923

Author: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sheet Width (in): 20.2

Sheet Height (in): 12

Condition: A

Condition Description: Creasing along fold lines and printed on somewhat thin paper. Tiny pinholes at fold intersections, but remains in very good, or better, condition overall.


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