1949 Official Road Map of Minnesota

Era 3: The "Black-and White" Department of Highways Maps, 1940-1950

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  • Size: 38" x 32" unfolded, 4" x 9" folded.
  • Scale: 1 inch = 12 miles
  • Conditions as of: January 1, 1949
  • Commissioner of Highways: M.J. Hoffmann.


  • The 1949 map celebrated Minnesota's territorial centennial, making it the first official map to have a theme other than basic tourism.
  • The reverse side of the map was taken up almost entirely by a feature on the development of Minnesota's earliest roads, forcing the city insets to be left off for a year. The Twin Cities and Duluth insets were moved to the front of the map and greatly reduced in size.
  • The map key has been moved again, this time to a position over northern Wisconsin. It would be placed here in 1950 as well.
  • The 1949 map was the first to not have "maintained earth" as a paving status.

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