“RAND, MCNALLY & CO.’S NEW SECTIONAL AND TOWNSHIP MAP OF OHIO” Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., c.1891 (dated lower right). Color-printed map with original color. With folds as originally issued. (Paper size: 26 x 24 ¾’’ – Image size: 24 ¾ x 24’’)Condition note: Tiny loss at center fold with old patch (Knox County); a few folds archivally reinforced.
This map depicts Ohio in remarkable detail! Rail routes are shown throughout the state with each stop noted and each of the Railroads identified. Counties are named and in contrasting. Topographical features are shown and major land and water routes, islands, cities, towns, light houses and post offices are located.
The “National Boundary Line” with Canada is shown in Lake Erie, as well as portions of the five neighboring states.
“Rand, McNally & Co. specialized in filling the great demand for maps and guidebooks occasioned by the westward expansion of the United States in the second half of the 19th century...Their maps were constantly updated with new information and thus serve as an eloquent witness to the westward march of railroads, settlements, and counties as the frontier disappeared.” (Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of Texas & the Southwest, p.53).