Cartographic enthusiasts may be familiar with the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, which is a rich collection containing thousands of digitized maps. This Maps Up Close section of the collection features sixteen maps that portray, "interesting details that show unusual features, cartographic conventions, history, graphics, and places." For example, Gaylord Watson's 1871 Railroad and Distance Map features every single town or city with a railroad station in 1871. In doing so, the map provides insight into the role railroads played in economic and urban development in late nineteenth-century America. Visitors can also view an intricate map of Paris that was part of a 182-sheet map of France created by the Cassini family between 1750 and 1818. When visitors select each map in the collection, they will view the selected portion of the map in detail. Visitors can then zoom out and view each map in its entirety.
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