FLORIDA VINTAGE ROAD MAPS

Updated August 22, 2020

We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times.  Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe.  We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better.  In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home. 

Florida was the smallest state in population in the Confederate States of America at the time of the Civil War.  Growth was very slow in the decades up until World War Two.  Florida had 1,900,000 people.  That number has now swollen to an estimated 21,480,000 in 2020.

Unique Media Map of FloridaUnique Media Map of Florida

The map above is an image I copied from a folded paper map I purchased at Amazon.  The map is on a wall of my office and is about 18"x24".  If you like it, see Amazon link for Unique Media Map.

The changes on the map are dramatic when compared to the earliest map on this page:  John de Solis map of 1764.

The state's transportation routes began with Spanish and Native American trails, rivers, and streams.  These evolved into wagon roads and railroads and finally paved roads for cars.

The tremendous growth in Florida (it's been growing by at least one thousand people a day for years) has put a constant strain on the local and regional road network.

This web page is an interesting way to track the growth of the Sunshine State.


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Many of these Florida vintage road map images are from the Florida State Archives.  Credit to the source is given on each image.  You can use your browser to zoom in for a closer look.

John de Solis Map of 1764John de Solis Map of 1764

Tanner's Florida Map 1833 - Florida MemoryTanner's Florida Map 1833 - Florida Memory

First Map of Florida After Statehood 1846First Map of Florida After Statehood 1846

Colton's Map, 1868 - Florida MemoryColton's Map, 1868 - Florida Memory

Whitney's Pathfinder circa 1881Whitney's Pathfinder circa 1881

Florida 1890 - Florida MemoryFlorida 1890 - Florida Memory

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Florida 1900 - Florida MemoryFlorida 1900 - Florida Memory

Best Roads of Florida 1915 - Florida MemoryBest Roads of Florida 1915 - Florida Memory

Florida East Coast Railway 1915 Key West ExtensionFlorida East Coast Railway 1915 Key West Extension

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The map above is from Florida Memory, the Archives of the State of Florida.  It's fun to zoom in and see what roads were here in 1917.


Florida 1921 - Florida MemoryFlorida 1921 - Florida Memory

Florida 1923 - Florida MemoryFlorida 1923 - Florida Memory

Best Roads of Florida 1927 - Florida MemoryBest Roads of Florida 1927 - Florida Memory

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If you click on the image above of Clayson's Guide Map, you will be taken to a Florida State Archive page that lets you zoom in and out all over the state.  Try it, you'll like it.


Standard Guide Florida 1928 - Florida MemoryStandard Guide Florida 1928 - Florida Memory

Florida 1929 - Florida MemoryFlorida 1929 - Florida Memory

Florida 1930 - Florida MemoryFlorida 1930 - Florida Memory

Florida 1946 - Florida MemoryFlorida 1946 - Florida Memory

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If you click on either of the images of the 1959 Florida road map, you will be taken to a PDF file that lets you see everything in greater detail.  This is Florida immediately before the Turnpike or Interstates began to pop up.


Florida Turnpike 1964 - Florida MemoryFlorida Turnpike 1964 - Florida Memory

Cross Florida Barge Canal 1971 - Florida MemoryCross Florida Barge Canal 1971 - Florida Memory

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Florida 2018Florida 2018

More information about these Florida vintage road maps and more can be found at Florida Memory State Library & Archives of Florida.


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