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American Cities: Before and After
January 31, 2014 10:35 PM   Subscribe

Smithsonian Magazine's interactive map series on American cities.

When Real Estate Plotters Planned Out Denver

Before There Could be a Los Angeles, There Had to Be Water

When the Lincoln Memorial Was Underwater

What Did San Francisco Look Like in the mid-1800s?

This Interactive Map Compares the New York City of 1836 to Today

What Did Chicago Look Like Before the Great Fire?
posted by MoonOrb (4 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

I know MetaFilter doesn't like sequels, but do it again.
posted by Mblue at 12:38 AM on February 1 [1 favorite]

Before There Could be a Los Angeles, There Had to Be Water

The current drought is making that look questionable.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:34 AM on February 1

This is great; I love old city maps. Thanks for the post!
posted by languagehat at 8:08 AM on February 1

Apparently there was a railroad on a breakwater in Lake Michigan before it all got built up?!
posted by goethean at 12:58 PM on February 1

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