Indiana Historical Maps: 1683-1929; Conception to Crossroads

Indiana’s Progress in Commerce (1896)

This 1896 railroad map is a testament to the booming commerce of the Hoosier state, with rails criss-crossing most major, and even not-so-major, cities. In its heyday, Indiana contained over 7,000 miles of railroad! Credit: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Indiana’s Natural Resources (1925)

A companion map to comprehensive surveys by the Department of the Interior and the USGS (US Geological Survey), this map highlights areas where detailed topographical and geographical surveys were conducted, with more detailed maps available. Credit: US Geological Survey Archives

Crossroads of America (1929)

The State Automobile Insurance Association distributed this detailed 1929 Indiana road map to new and potential customers. The opposite side included a transcontinental map of the United States with major roads and several advertisements. Credit: IUB Map Collections