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Unit 1: Set 2: Mapping the Land & its People - Trunk Highway Map

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This map was printed in1924 for the use of travelers in the state. This map measures 38 by 24 inches. Source: SHSND 388.1 N864m 1924

Trunk Highway Map
North Dakota Trunk Highway Map (1924)

Cars were widely used by 1924, and especially popular with farm families. However, this map indicates the difficulty of traveling around the state, or even from the countryside to town, by automobile in the 1920s. Few roads were paved or graveled. Travel was slow and often impossible when muddy or snow drifted. Drivers had to be prepared to change tires often, perhaps as much as four times between farm and town when the roads were badly rutted.

Map Activity: Read the map key carefully. How many miles of paved roads were available to drivers in 1924? Where were they located? Which of the highway numbers are still in use today? How do North Dakota roads compare to roads in western Minnesota or northern South Dakota?

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