How Fast Could You Travel Across the USA in the 1800s? (Check Out These Old Maps)

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Railroad maps

credit: Public Domain

This first map from the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States shows the rate of travel by rail from New York City in 1800. As you can see, in 1 day you barely got out of the city by today's standards, and it took weeks to get only a couple states over.

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