Articles and Essays

  • History of Railroads and Maps The Beginnings of American Railroads and Mapping. Railways were introduced in England in the seventeenth century as a way to reduce friction in moving heavily loaded wheeled vehicles. The first North American "gravity road," as it was called, was erected in 1764 for military purposes at the Niagara portage in Lewiston, New York. The builder was Capt. John Montressor, a British engineer known to ...
  • Browse Maps by State Select states on the map to browse items.
  • Browse Maps by Region The regions of the United States are geographic areas which include multiple states. The groupings are from standard language used by libraries and reflect the groupings used in the classification system for maps. The maps linked here represent large sections of the United States and the region names are searchable in this interface.