Map Showing Minerals Along the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad (1872)
|Author:||Matthew Fontain Maury|
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|Source:||Library of Congress|
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Cartographer Matthew Fontaine Maury was to have a distinguished career that would one day gain him the sobriquet "the Father of Modern Oceanography".
But before he would turn his attentions in a seafaring direction, he was an early and outspoken proponent of the creation of a transcontinental railroad in the United States.
I assume that this beautiful (especially so in light of the utilitarian and unlovely nature of many rail maps of the time) map of Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was created as a part of his advocacy in these directions.