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State of Alabama. October. 2nd. 1866.

[Detail] State of Alabama. October. 2nd. 1866.

6) Tourism

After the Civil War, railroad developers looked to the scenic draw of the West as a means of attracting railroad travelers. Rather than looking to settle in new lands, many of these travelers were vacationing. Students can see how mapmakers targeted potential tourists by viewing the 1836 map The tourist's guide through the states of Maryland, Delaware and part of Pennsylvania & Virginia. Students can answer the following questions:

  • How does this map particularly cater to tourists in the information it includes?
  • What text did the cartographer include on the map?
  • If you were a tourist, would you be intrigued to visit areas on the map? What route would you travel? What places would you see?

For this and other tourists' maps of the West, students can search on railroad in Mapping the National Parks section of Map Collections: 1500-2004.