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Discovery Map Series: Old Alaska Collection

24 May

In March of 1867, the United States purchase Alaska from Russia, expanding U.S. territory in the north. Only a small number of non-natives settled in Alaska in the decade after the purchase, however, that changed with the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush. Alaska was a vast wilderness, but eventually its tourism potential was realized. With those […]

Travel Map Feature: 108 Puget Sound and Surroundings 1877

12 May

1877 Map of Puget Sound and Surrounding Territories- John Hanson You will notice this early map of the Puget Sound and its surroundings is quite detailed. It was drawn by cartographer John Hanson and was compiled as part of the Eastwick, Morris, and Company’s official surveys publication. There are several noteworthy features to mention concerning […]

Discovery Map Series: The Route of the Alaska Excursion Steamers

10 May

Charles S. Fee’s 1891 map, titled “The Route of the Alaska Excursion Steamers” shows the routes of the Alaskan Steams from cities in the U.S and Canada to different locations in Alaska. These excursion steamers traveled on the Northern Pacific Railroad and leased lines. Charles S. Fee began his railroad career in 1873 as general […]

Discovery Map Series: Millroy’s map of Alaska and the Klondyke gold fields.

03 May

The Rand, McNally & Co.’s Alaska map is the work of Rand, McNally and Company, published in Chicago in 1878. It is from the Rand McNally & Co’s Business Atlas that contains large-scale maps of the territory of the United States, the provinces of Canada, West India Islands, a list of counties and towns, lakes […]