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Harold Fisk’s 1944 alluvial maps of the Lower Mississippi River Valley for the Army Corps of Engineers

The Mississippi River

Gorgeous Vintage Maps of the Mississippi River’s Path Over Time

We often think of rivers as following a given path for the course of its life, but really, the path changes over time as the flow cuts into the earth. The water flows through old and new and back again. In 1944, cartographer Harold Fisk mapped the current Mississippi River. It's the white trail. Then Fisk used old geological maps to display old paths. They're the old colored paths. And what you get is this long run of windy, snake-like things. [Twisted History | Thanks, Michael]

The Jealous Curator » Blog Archive » i’m jealous of shannon rankin  Who knew that a bunch of maps, and a box full of pins could be this fantastic? Well, American artist Shannon Rankin I suppose. I am in complete awe of her creativity and beautiful attention to detail … and I bet she never, ever gets lost.

The Jealous Curator » Blog Archive » i’m jealous of shannon rankin Who knew that a bunch of maps, and a box full of pins could be this fantastic? Well, American artist Shannon Rankin I suppose. I am in complete awe of her creativity and beautiful attention to detail … and I bet she never, ever gets lost.

cartography map. Osaka, Japan. 1657. I love the way this looks. Almost think I should put it on my art board.