How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s?
“In the 1800 traveling a few hundred miles across the U.S. meant taking a steam-powered train, and the trip could take days. Going from coast to coast, which now takes less than a day, could take weeks. These maps from the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States show the progress of technology in the 19th and early 20th century, significantly reducing travel times. All the maps use New York City as a starting point on the East Coast, and show how long it would take to move westward across the country.”
Map 1, 1800: It took a whole day to barely get outside of the city; two weeks to reach Georgia or Ohio; and in five weeks, you could just about get to Illinois and Louisiana.
Map 2, 1830: About 30 years later, train travel in the U.S. was almost twice as fast, but still quite slow by modern standards. Rather than taking two weeks, going to Georgia or Ohio from New York City took one week, and in two you could get to the state borders of Louisiana, Arkansas and Illinois. Getting to Minnesota would have taken about five weeks!
Map 3, 1857: You could now do in a day or two what used to take a couple weeks. With a week's travel you could get to the eastern border of Texas, and in about four weeks you could get to California. Only the Northwest took longer than a month to reach from New York City.
Map 4, 1930: It now only takes two days to get across half the United states by train, and three to four days to get to the other coast from New York City. It's hard to overstate how big a difference this makes in how people perceive the world.
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My flight to KL tonight is delayed 3 hours. @airasia gave me a coupon for a free cheeseburger. So nice, but no thanks. Reading some Alan Weiss while I'm waiting and this came up:
People don't go to McDonald's to browse. They have made a prior buying decision based on the brand, knowing that they will find a consistent experience (even globally, with minor cultural variations). 🙄 Sawat-dee Ronald.
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Ahh #globalisation! You'd be hard pushed to find a #cocktail#bar further south on the planet than here in Patagonia, and yet, Edison bulbs overhead, distressed furniture, overdecorated Calafete-sour cocktails with a solid copper straw (beats plastic! 😜) served in a recycled jam jar on a reclaimed wood coffee table ...?! Anywhere on earth left for #hipsters to colonise? 😎
How do you like it? Just a traditional city market in the heat of Frankfurt. Such a beautiful green vegetables for everyone in the middle of January. I’m pretty happy to leave in the age of Globalization. #foodie#food#vegan#frankfurt#business#globalisation
#globalisation is uneven and fragmentary, pieces of #western culture dissconect from places when they were born and #deterritorialized travel around the world. When I was first time in #Africa I drank mostly #coke because it was cheaper than bottle water, and because I was afraid to drink water. I'm kind of ashamed that I presented #cocacola to these kids as something oh-so-european and oh-so cool. Nevertheless, I still drink coke. I'm an addict.
Exciting day at @lg_electronics Headquarters in Weybridge!
Really enjoyed reporting back on the amazing results of the #5DaysofAwesome campaign, always cool to have a sneak peak in the innovation room too!
Very exciting to discuss future activity and carry on the momentum in 2018 - watch this space!