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Birdseye view of Providence, Rhode Island (1895)

This map captured my attention not only because it was old, but because it features a new transportation node. Zoom in on the railroad station. See details for ordering prints at the BIG map blog.

Monopoly Revisited by B & O

800-c1935_1509312a_Deed_RR-BO-FrBkWhen I play the board game Monopoly, one of my staunch objectives is to acquire all the railroads. Although having them doesn’t always guarantee that I’ll be the last man standing, having them satisfies my philosophical leanings and industrial interests. Today I discovered an old map of the real B & O and an old deed from the game. Rail transport of goods and people is experiencing a surge in support now that much of the surface infrastructure is exceeding capacity.

Proponents see the real benefits of rail and lobby their elected representatives to acknowledge those benefits. However, investments must be made with public involvement or else privatization will take the industry back to the 19th century when private individuals ran the show. Public-private partnerships are becoming more common across the U.S. ensuring that a level of public involvement is maintained and monopolies are prevented from happening again.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Between Washington D.C. and Rockville (1890) image detail

Ruger’s map of Knoxville, Tennessee 1871

The foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee was where I called home for six years. They are part of the Appalachian mountain range offering pristine views from select vantage points. Specifically I lived in Knoxville, the canvascounty seat of Knox County. The crests and troughs of those hills do a number on brakes and transmissions and they ensure mechanics have a market just as reliable as an undertaker’s.

 Another great physical feature of the area is the Tennessee River. It winds its way through downtown from the eastern part of the state flowing west, finally emptying into the mighty Mississippi River. While I never got the chance to go paddling on the river, I did manage to be part of a three-man crew on a sloop that got stuck on a shoal on the first outing.

Knoxville is also home to the flagship campus of the sun and land grant state university. That’s where I earned my bachelor’s. Needless to say there are some fond memories of people and times.

While nature has provided a variety of attractive landmarks, there is one man-made landmark that received global sunsphereattention once upon a time and probably forgotten by most at this point. Knoxville was the host of the 1982 World’s fair and the golden globe, officially the “Sunshpere”, still stands as a memorial.

Ruger’s map of Knoxville, Tennessee 1871.

Gomberg’s infamous “New World Order” map 1942

During the height of World War II, the new world order was being crafted. It assumed the new superpowers that would be taking the world stage after the war. In concert, these superpowers would ensure that the world would achieve “permanent peace, freedom, justice, security and world reconstruction.”

While the map suggests how the world should be aligned, it is neither authoritative nor published by a government entity. Surprisingly, this well known work was the product of an individual who shared his views with the public with the aid of a map. He promoted the map through advertisements and it received a lot of attention. Later it would be referred to as an indication of the real intentions of the superpowers. Could this happen today? Sharing one’s views through mapping is prevalent but the possibility of being mistaken as authoritative might be a long shot.

Gomberg’s infamous “New World Order” map 1942.

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