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History Is Beautiful: 1896 Map of California Roads for Cyclers

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Imagine climbing aboard your trusty two-wheeler and traversing the mountains, farmland, and largely-unspoiled landscape of California in 1896. To help "cyclers" do this, mapmaker George Blum made this map of California roads for cyclists, as published today by the Big Map Blog.

The map is as awe-inspiring to look at as the idea is to imagine. "This is beautiful, detailed, and just... it's just amazing. I haven't the words. I've left the map collar because even the advertisements are gorgeous," points out the Big Map Blog poster.

It's quite big, so we've shared a few isolated clips. You can download the whole file for free via the Big Map Blog.