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

And the biggest change of all, this map from 1930 shows how modern technology has shrunk distances significantly. It now only takes 2 days to get across half the USA by train, and 3-4 days to get to the other coast from New York City. It's hard to overstate how big a difference this makes in how people perceive the world. There's a big difference, both for families and businesses, between spending 2 months back and forth to do across the country and less than a week!

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