This rare and vibrant map highlights interurban rail lines spanning out from the nexus of Detroit. It portrays a region that is highly connected and industrial (factories are illustrated as pictographs). Lines head out east (Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing, Kalamazoo), north (Flint, Saginaw, Port Huron), and south to Ohio (Toledo, Sandusky).
Before the infrastructure of highways that would connect the country, there were other ways to travel that were accessible to the average person. The interurban lines would allow someone in a small town or city to connect to larger urban hubs.
We find only one institutional holding (at the University of Michigan), and no records on the private market.