Item #List2430 Highway Map of Oklahoma. “The Right Way.” Complete Road Information. Great Depression - Automobile Travel - Oklahoma, Author Unknown.
Highway Map of Oklahoma. “The Right Way.” Complete Road Information.
Highway Map of Oklahoma. “The Right Way.” Complete Road Information.

Highway Map of Oklahoma. “The Right Way.” Complete Road Information.

Topeka: c. 1930. Folded map measuring 28 x 17 inches. Some small tears at folds, very good. Very Good. Item #List2430

A scarce depression-era map of Oklahoma, with graphic advertisements to the verso showing the range of automobile-centric establishments in the state at the time. The map shows all the automobile routes of the time, with text along the borders listing the towns and the telephone numbers of various services and lodging options. The instructions on the the top read “Put Out Your Fires / Leave a Clean Camp / Keep the Streams Pure / Don’t Be a Road Hog.” According to the single copy in OCLC, at the Denver Public Library, the map was printed in 1930, though we see no date on the map itself. The depression hit Oklahoma following the drought in 1930, which also coincided with the opening of the East Texas oil field. This map is a relic of the period just before the state’s economic downturn, with the early automobile infrastructure still intact and vibrant.

Price: $450.00