Maps of the Bluegrass and Nashville Basin

Maps of the Bluegrass and Nashville Basin
Bluegrass Map 1811, Aaron Arrowsmith

Maps of the Bluegrass & Nashville Basin

Historical maps can tell us a lot not only about where things are on the planet, but also our attitudes toward landscapes.

The wonderful David Rumsey Map Collection provides an opportunity to view a large number of maps since the very beginning of exploration of North America.  The David Rumsey maps are georectifiied, meaning that they have been carefully overlaid on current maps such as Google Earth so that latitude and longitude are approximately correct.  This allows us to compare the remarkable accuracy of historical maps.

The collection of maps below was imported from the David Rumsey Map Collection, overlaid on Google Earth and focused on the Bluegrass.   Click on the maps for a larger view or a slideshow.

Woodford

Bluegrass Map 1733, Henry Popple

Bluegrass Map 1733, Henry Popple

Bluegrass Map, 1786, Thomas Pownall

Bluegrass Map, 1786, Thomas Pownall

Bluegrass Map 1811

Bluegrass Map 1811, Aaron Arrowsmith

Bluegrass Map

Bluegrass Map 1816, John Melish

Bluegrass Map 1819 Arron Arrowsmith

Bluegrass Map 1819 Arron Arrowsmith

Map of the Bluegrass

The Bluegrass in 1823 by Henry S. Tanner

Bluegrass map

Bluegrass Map, 1823, John Melish

Bluegrass Map 1827, Phillippe Vandermaelen

Bluegrass Map 1827, Phillippe Vandermaelen

Bluegrass Map

Bluegrass Map 1823, Sephen Long, Edwin Jones

Bluegrass Map 1839, David Burr

Bluegrass Map 1839, David Burr

Bluegrass Map 1867

Bluegrass Map 1867, US General Land Office

The Bluegrass in Google Earth

The Bluegrass in Google Earth