USGS does the Shore

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) started printing beautiful paper maps of the American West in the 1860s.   Then worked its way east until it finally got to:

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1897 is a certified true copy of the original

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It’s 1897.   Here.

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Before GPS, you watched for a crossroads up ahead

 Recalculating….
At Hubbard’s Crossroads, take the right fork.

hubbards crossroads

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Country roads: Sorry, no Google street view

Take to the highway, won’t you lend me your name?
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same.
Mamma don’t understand it.  She wants to know where I’ve been.
I have to be some kind of natural born fool to want to pass that way again.
But you know I can feel it, yeah-yeah, on a country road.

Walk on down, walk on down,
walk on down a country road.


In 1875, all roads in Caroline County were dirt.  Most were crooked.

dirt roads - 1875

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Downtown Federalsburg, 1875

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From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County.

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Downtown Preston, 1875

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From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County.

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Downtown Hillsboro, 1875

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From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County.

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Downtown Greensboro, 1875

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From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County.

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Downtown Denton, 1875

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From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County.

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I walked 16 miles home to Tuckahoe

I walked 16 miles from Easton to my father’s.

I knocked at the door and said, “Who lives here?”
Father answered by saying, “Who is that?”
I said,   “Me.”
Then mother said, “That’s Alexander”–
showing a mother never forgets her child.


Bishop Wayman at Tuscola ILThe Legacy of A.M.E Bishop A.W. Wayman
of Tuckahoe Neck, Caroline County, Maryland

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On Maryland's Eastern Shore