Jan 08 2013

Infographics on Historical Travel Times

Published by at 1:06 am under Research and Resources

Especially if you’re interested in historical fiction, I’d recommend checking these infographics for a better idea of how much harder it was to move hundreds or thousands of miles before railroads were widely available.


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4 Responses to “Infographics on Historical Travel Times”

  1. Rawle Nyanzion 09 Jan 2013 at 11:24 am

    I notice that all of the maps use the modern state borders.

    In 1857, the areas northwest of Texas weren’t even states yet, just territories. Also, Virginia and West Virginia were one state until the Civil War.

    Here’s a map of the US in 1860, overlaid on the modern borders as a reference:


    Also, here’s an accurate 1830 US map (the US proper stopped at Louisiana; Michigan wasn’t a state yet, and Texas was still part of Mexico):


    Still, those travel times are great references, B. McKenzie.

  2. B. McKenzieon 09 Jan 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Good catch, Rawle! These diagrams came from a 1932 atlas and I think they used 1932-era state borders for the contiguous U.S. (which haven’t changed since).

  3. Deepon 10 Jan 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Hey B.Mac, first time poster here.

    I’m not sure if you got my message ( for some reason half the messages my computer sends never reach the other person), but i’m a wannabee author and i’d like a review forum for help on what i hope will be my first novel.

  4. B. McKenzieon 10 Jan 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Hello, Deep. I’ve set it up here.

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