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MNN has a short article with a number of interesting maps showing the changes in the rate of travel in the United States across the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. Nothing too surprising here, just a clear reminder of how topography and technology have continually affected our experience of moving from one place to another. We really have no idea just how life-altering the advent of rail travel was for those who experienced its emergence and development. 

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/how-fast-could-you-travel-across-the-us-in-the-1800s

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