1956 Official Road Map of Minnesota

Era 4: The Gousha Maps, 1951-1961

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  • Size: 38" x 32" unfolded, 4" x 9" folded.
  • Scale: 1 inch = 12 miles
  • Cartographers: The H.M. Gousha Company.
  • Lithographers: McGill-Warner Co.
  • Commissioner of Highways: M.J. Hoffmann.


  • The Department of Highways used the McGill-Warner company as the lithographer for the 1956 map. McGill-Warner had been the cartographer and printer of the official maps between 1923 and 1940.
  • This was the first map to not give a "conditions as of" date.
  • State route lables were switched to squares instead of circles to reflect Minnesota's new route markers.
  • The background of the city insets on the back of the map were made pink. Pink shading was also used for the border of the map key.

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