Compare and contrast: an 1896 cycle map vs today

I overlayed a Google map of the region over that famous 1896 California cycling map from George Blum’s 80 page guide to cycle touring.

animated GIF: 1896 California cycling map overlayed with Google map

If I feel ambitious I might overlay a modern bike map – either Google’s bike layer, or the bike layer from OSM.

You can download the original image from the Library of Congress. Buy poster sized prints of this map from Zazzle. It would make a great gift, don’t you think?