Evolution of Travel Speed Through History in the United States

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There’s no doubt that improvements in transportation are world-changing. But in this age of fast travel and instant digital communications, we tend to forget that not so long ago, distances were subjectively very different.

These old maps showing how far you could get across the USA in a day, and the evolution of the speed of travel over the years.

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Via Memolition for the full map set.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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