Old Maps Show Exactly How Much Traveling Used To Suck

Are we there yet? How about now? Now?

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

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

Philadelphia - 2 Days
Columbus - 3 Weeks
Milwaukee - 2 Months
(Future Site Of) Sacramento - 1+ Years

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

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

Philadelphia - 1 Day
Columbus - 1 Week
Milwaukee - 1 Month
Sacramento - 6 Months

4. A hundred years later, things were much improved.

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

Philadelphia - Less than an hour
Columbus - 1 Day
Milwaukee - 1 Day
Sacramento - 4 Days

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