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Historic Railroad Map of the North Central United States - 1870

Trade Map of the North Western States showing the counties, towns and railroads.

This trade map showing the north-central United States and Ontario, Canada was published in 1870 by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. It shows drainage, cities, towns, townships, counties, canals, and the railroad network of the era.

Chicago’s population in 1870 was 298,977. In early October of 1871 Chicago suffered its greatest disaster as fire consumed a huge swathe of the downtown business district. The fire, of unknown origin, was aided by heavy winds, an over-use of wood in the building of structures and the seasonal drought. These conditions enabled flames to fly from building to building very quickly. Hundreds were killed and even more were temporarily displaced by the massive conflagration. The Great Fire slowed Chicago’s growth, but the town emerged from the ashes with an improved infrastructure and fresh water system. Chicago then began receiving worldwide attention, attracting business endeavors of all kinds.

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1W-NE-IL-1870-S 24" x 18.5" 2 lbs $29.95 add to basket
1W-NE-IL-1870-M 36" x 27.5" 2 lbs $44.95 add to basket
1W-NE-IL-1870-L 42" x 32.5" 4 lbs $59.95 add to basket
1W-NE-IL-1870-XL 54.5" x 42" 4 lbs $79.95 add to basket
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All reproduction prints are printed as "museum quality", using advanced ink formulas and durable museum quality paper.  The reproduction prints reflect the state of repair of the original conserved document. Stains and imperfections reflected in the original map at the time it was collected for conservation are left un-retouched, as they reflect the character and charm of the vintage original. Some major imperfections, such as dark fold lines have been removed when possible.  Maps are printed as ordered and are not returnable unless received damaged.