Guide through Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin & Iowa
If you were looking for a better life in what had been referred to as the "Western States" this map was your resource. With a key showing the "steam boat routes and distances by water", as well as the roads and railroad systems, this map would be your reference for a better life on the prairies. Settlement patterns are immediately evident as most states have regions dense with infrastructure as well as vast named counties which are totally free of towns and transport. Perhaps a third of Iowa looks to be developing, while a portion of neighboring "Minesota" are vast counties and many unnamed rivers and lakes with no towns beyond St Paul, Fort Snelling and St Anthony.
Condition is very good with bright original hand color, and a few small supportive repairs to corner folds. Image size is 21 x 26(inches).