Rand McNally & Co.’s Florida

Florida’s railroads at the dawn of the 20th century.

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This map of Florida was published in Chicago in 1901 by Rand McNally. At the time, railroad companies were experiencing a period of tremendous growth and consolidation across the country, making regular track updates a necessity on most maps. Red overprinting is used to number the various companies in operation throughout the state – 31 in total are listed.

Of particular interest is the Florida East Coast Railway, shown extending to the relatively new town of Miami (established in 1896). Insets in the center left show the southern tip of the Peninsula extending to the Florida Keys, as well as parts of Lake, Orange, and Volusia counties on an enlarged scale. The left margin presents an index of Florida’s cities, with their respective populations (in thousands) and the corresponding location on the map.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1901

Author: Rand McNally

Sheet Width (in): 27

Sheet Height (in): 20

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Moderate toning and wear from age visible around the outer edges of the sheet, generally confined to the margins. There is a 4" separation along the vertical centerfold at the bottom that's been repaired with archival tape on the verso. Good to very good overall.

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