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Champion Map of Hartford, Connecticut and vicinity
Draftsman:Drawn by David J. Bennett , American, born 1942
Publisher:Published by the Champion Map Corporation , American, 1959 - 1988
Offset lithography; black and colored printer's inks on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 22 7/8 x 32in. (58.1 x 81.3cm) Sheet (height x width): 25 x 38in. (63.5 x 96.5cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: By the early 1970s, Connecticut's interstate highway system was beginning to take shape, but there were still many missing links. Interstate 291 was under construction but only a short stretch from Interstate 91 in Windsor to Route 5 in East Windsor was complete. The main highway connecting Hartford to the Massachusetts Turnpike was known as Interstate 86; another highway, supposed to connect Hartford and Providence, and still in the planning stages, was known as Interstate 84. While residents of the greater Hartford area supported the completion of these roads in the hope that they would ease congestion and improve highway conditions around the capital, residnets of outlying towns were often bitterly opposed. Construction on I-291 and I-84 would drag on for years. Neither road would be completed as originally projected. In December 1984, the highway that appears as I-86 on this map would be renamed I-84 and I-84 would become I-384.
Description: Map of Hartford, Connecticut, and some of the surrounding towns, including West Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Newington, Wethersfield, and Glastobury, with parts of Avon, Farmington, Berlin, Rock Hill. The map continues on the back of the sheet, with the towns of Simsbury, Bloomfield, Windsor, East Windsor and South Windsor depicted, with parts of Granby, East Granby, Windsor Locks, Ellington and Vernon. This portion of the map contains less detail than the main one. Both show local roads and highways, but there are more features on the primary map than on the secondary one. Parks, cemeteries and other open spaces are colored green, and schools, hospitals, colleges, points of interest, post offices and shopping centers are marked with red symbols. Water is colored blue. A street index appears on the back of the sheet.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 3/4 inch equals 4000 feet
Inscription: Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "Champion Map of HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT / And Vicinity" Bottom right, printed in black ink: "David J. Bennett / CHIEF CARTOGRAPHER" Bottom right, printed in black ink: "COPYRIGHT / Champion Map / Corporation" Bottom right, printed in black ink: "MAP PUBLISHERS FOR OVER 1,000 CITIES IN 33 STATES--ORDER FROM: CHAMPION MAP CORPORATION; P.O. BOX 17435, CHARLOTTE, N.C. 28211" Bottom right, handwritten in pencil: "96089" Verso, top right, printed in blue ink: "Copyright / Champion Map / Corporation / PO BOX 17435 CHARLOTTE N.C." Top right, in white text on blue and black background: "CHAMPION FULLCOLOR MAP / HARTFORD / CONNECTICUT" Top right, handwritten in pencil: "96089" Top right, handwritten in pencil: "Maps / Shelf / 96089"
Object Number: 2000.182.1
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