Portland’s original transit network: a beautiful map from 1943

Via reader Hart Noecker (who blogs at Mismanaging Perception) and the great site Vintage Portland, here’s a sweet map of the mass transit system that made Portland what it is:


The map, which according to its filename dates from 1943, is by the private Portland Traction Company.

On Twitter, our friends at TriMet Diaries pointed to this ZehnKatzen Times post, which explores a map very similar to this one – a 1940 edition that boasted of portraying "The World’s Finest Trolley System."

Hmm. Yep, Portland is still Portland.

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