Letter: Road Maps

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Hugh,

On two recent trips this summer, one two week trip to eastern Pennsylvania and one to Las Vegas, I tried to find the old style folding road maps.

In Pennsylvania’s Allentown, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia, and both Pocono’s and New Jersey shore area, at every gas station I stopped at, I asked about folding paper road maps. At some of the more modern stations I was met with a quizzical stare. I finally settled on a Rand McNally book. Fortunately, having grown up in that area, I knew my way around. I did find a paper map of the Las Vegas and Nevada area. My point is we should get these maps now because people are now depending on Google maps, GPS, and other electronic means of navigation.

Places to look now for these maps would be out of the way (older) gas stations or by contacting some of your local auctioneers to ask them to keep a look out for these maps when they do estates of older persons. An old map is better than none, and roads aren’t moved that often. Another good source are the “Gazetteer” State maps. While they are bulky books, they also have back dirt roads and trails in them. C B

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