Links to historic Twin Cities transit maps, listed chronologically with publisher in parentheses.
1888 – Minneapolis only. (Mpls City Directory Publishing Co.)
1889 – Minneapolis only. David Rumsey also has a version of this map that he dates to 1901, but it’s identical as far as I can tell. The next two maps have features that don’t appear on the supposed 1901 map, so I’m assuming the earlier date is correct. (George F. Cram)
1891 (MN Transfer Board of Trade)
1892 – Minneapolis only. (C.M. Foote & Co.)
1897 (Rand, McNally & Co)
1898 (Northwestern Map Publishing Co.)
1900 – Minneapolis only. (Hudson)
1901 – The U of M’s Borchert map library also has a 1903 map from R.L. Polk & Co but it appears to be identical. I don’t necessarily trust directory maps, but included this because it dates from the brief period that Lake Calhoun was renamed Lake Mendoza. (Edit – The Hennepin County Library claims that the Dakota name for Lake Calhoun is Mde Medoza, so it seems likely that Polk & Co just got that name wrong.) (R.L. Polk & Co.)
1903 – Minneapolis only. (Mpls Real Estate Board)
1906 (Francis J. Reynolds)
1910 – This is Downtown Minneapolis only, but is cool because it shows the actual tracks. (Nutter, Frank H.)
1913 (McGraw Electric Railway Manual)
1914 (McGraw Electric Railway Manual)
1920 – Minneapolis only (McGill-Warner Co.)
1946 – Minneapolis only (TCRT)
1948-1950 – kmz version of the 1946 map above, if you want to view it in Google Earth (TCRT)
Notice anything strange about this list? What’s up with the 26 year gap after 1920? Is this a symptom of the beginning of the decline of streetcars? Did Americans begin to be more obsessed with the newfangled automobiles, and save scarce colored ink for highways? Am I just a feeble googler?
Please link in the comments to any streetcar maps of the past that I missed.