Visualizing the Cultural and Physical Landscape of the Trans-Continental Railroad for an Exhibit at National Museum of American History

Authors: Daniel Cole*, Smithsonian Institution
Topics: Transportation Geography, Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Trans-Continental Railroad,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the trans-continental railroad’s completion. The National Museum of American History (NMAH) is commemorating this event with a walk-on floor poster with a 10’ wide map depicting the country as it existed in 1869 (states, territories, Indian reservations, railroad network, and navigable waterways), plus two smaller maps showing the American Indian nations existing across the so-called ‘empty’ landscape, as well as trails such as the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. This poster depicts these maps at a smaller scale to illustrate how we plan to educate the public on the state of the country in 1869.

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