Back when 50 miles was a long way

January 2, 2013
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(This article was originally published at Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

This post is by Phil.

Michael Graham Richard has posted some great maps from the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States; the maps show how long it took to get to various places in the U.S. from New York City in 1800, 1830, 1857, and 1930. (I wonder if the atlas has one from around 1900 as well, that didn’t make it into the article? I’d like to see it, too, if it exists.) Worth a look.

This post is by Phil.

Time to get to anywhere in the conterminous states from New York City, in 1857

Time to get to anywhere in the conterminous states from New York City, in 1857



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