Unique Vintage Maps of United States to Download
I’ve curated a lovely and unusual collection of vintage maps of the United States of America. All the maps are copyright free so you can download them and do what you want with them. Whether that is to hang a map gallery wall or decorate furniture with them like with this map desk.
I’ve only been to the USA three times and that’s been over the last 21 years. The first time was visiting my boyfriend (now husband) who was working in Atlanta for a short while. The second was accompanying the same boyfriend on a course in Tampa. The third time was for a wedding at the top of the Empire State (no not mine).
What I do know is that I will be visiting again one day. There is so much to see. The USA is only slightly smaller than the whole of continental Europe. Like Europe the climate, geography and terrain is just as varied. So I know there is so much more to explore and see.
The PDF downloaded maps of the United States will be of a higher resolution then the images below.
This map is from the textbook “Eclectic Physical Geography” by Russell Hinman and published in 1888. This unusual old map of the United States, shows the frequency of Tornadoes in the USA since 1794. As you can see from the map Illinois and Kansas are the tornado hot spots!
A French Map of North America by Claude Bernou dated 1681. According to the Library of Congress “The map shows many of the discoveries from French expeditions in the Mississippi Valley from 1672 to 1681 and indicates the position of three forts constructed in 1679 and 1680: Fort Conty (near Niagara Falls), Fort Miami (south of Lake Michigan), and Fort Crèvecoeur (on the left bank of the Illinois River). In this representation, the Mississippi River ends at its confluence with the Ohio River. “
This unusual but fabulous Eagle Map of the United States is a teaching wall map from the book “Rudiments of National Knowledge, Presented to the Youth of the United States, and to Enquiring Foreigners. By a Citizen of Pennsylvania” by E.L. Carey & A. Hart. Dated 1833.
James Webster’s rare map of the United States (1835). Extends from the east coast of the United States westward as far as the Rocky Mountains, including much of Texas. It also has a charming portrait of George Washington in the bottom right hand corner. This is a large map. The chart at the bottom centre of the map shows the population for major cities and each state.
This wall map of Mitchell’s is considered to be a significant example 19th century American cartography. The map has historical significance as it shows the rapidly changing national and domestic political borders of the time. The border of the map is surrounded with city maps and the chart in the bottom left contains populations statistics for every county in each state or territory. Dated and copyrighted 1845.
Again this being a wall map and not from a book it is very large. Great for hanging on a wall.
A beautiful map with the states in different colours. The
One of my favourite vintage maps of the United States, this map is from the 1866 “Descriptive Handbook of America”. There are 37 states divided into colour coded groups. These are, Eastern, Middle, Southern, Western and Pacific.
Another lovely example from this collection of vintage maps of the United States. The map shows the transport routes such as the railroads and mail routes in great details. The states are in lovely pastel colours and the whole map has an attractive floral boarder.
I have personally scanned this map in from my own collection. This particular map is from Bartholomew’s ” Citizen’s Atlas of the World ” published in 1898. Bartholomew’s atlas is actually considered to be the most popular atlas ever published. So maybe this map out of all the vintage maps of the United States could be considered the most popular!
If you liked these vintage maps of the USA then you may also want to check out some of my other USA map posts. I have maps of the Southern United States and vintage maps of New York. There is also a stunning collection of vintage birds-eye-view maps of San Francisco Bay.
Other maps to check out: