Birdseye view of Champaign, Illinois (1869)

A. Ruger's Birdseye map of Champaign, Illinois from 1869.
Birdseye view of Champagne, Ill.
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Date: 1869
Author: A. Ruger
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What's up with the center chunk of the Champaign, Illinois [gmap] street grid? Did they lay a couple roads before they realized that the theodolite was broken and then just say ”Eh, leave that there, we'll just build around it.” And yeah, I see the Illinois Central tracks there, and I can see how you'd want orthogonal grade crossings, but at some point you gotta say ”well, I'll just make sure I always have new shocks and struts.”

For more maps and images from this period in the region's history, visit the Illinois State Historical Society.

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