Transportation Lines Tributary to Commercial Interests of Indianapolis


The economic circulatory system of central Indiana in the late 19th century.

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Railroads dominated commercial and passenger transportation across the United States in the second half of the 19th century. This map of Indiana and portions of the adjacent states of Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Kentucky shows the network of iron rails as it converges on the state capital of Indianapolis. Lines are individually labeled across an otherwise largely vacant image – only a handful of settlements not situated on a rail line were apparently worth mentioning.

Prepared by Joseph Nimmo, Jr., Chief of the Bureau of Statistics, and drawn by Fred Wright. Published in 1881 as part of the Annual Report on the Internal Commerce of the United States.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1881

Author: Joseph Nimmo, Jr.

Sheet Width (in): 26.7

Sheet Height (in): 30.9

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Sheet is moderately toned and very fragile from age. Extensive separation along former fold lines has been repaired on the verso with archival tape. A few small tears remain along the outer edges, but overall in very good condition.


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