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Old Maps Show Exactly How Much Traveling Used To Suck

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Traveling cross-country in 1800? Hope you're ready to walk forever.

Even with a horse, travel was long and hard. Most people never bothered.

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Philadelphia - 2 Days

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By 1830, travel was revolutionized as passenger trains became more widespread.

But train speeds capped out at 30 mph, so travel was still time consuming. (But fancy!)

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Philadelphia - 1 Day

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A hundred years later, things were much improved.

By now, trains were topping out at speeds of 99 mph. Zoooooom!

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Philadelphia - Less than an hour

Columbus - 1 Day

Milwaukee - 1 Day

Sacramento - 4 Days

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