Mississippi River transit map

via River Maps « somethingaboutmaps.

Rivers have been a key part of urban life for centuries. They have provided us with drinking water, protection, and a transit network that links us from one settlement to the next.

This really cool map of the Mississippi River system is done in the style of 1930’s subway system maps.  It illustrates the enormity and complexity of the major transportation system of the central US.

Our lucky geography provides us with a cheap way to move goods and people across the middle of our nation.  If not for this system, would we be more like Africa, which has no way to link the interior with the coast on a waterway?

h/t to Strange Maps

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