What catches your eye about this 1918 Austin road map?

These are just the auto roads, not all roads in Austin.


David Grote posted this “Map of Auto Roads In and Out of Austin” on the Facebook page “Remember Austin Uncensored.” We asked readers what they noticed first.

For instance, it’s yet another old map that shows East and West Bouldin Creeks joining before they enter the Colorado. Also, here it looks here like Blunn Creek joins both of them.

Also, Magnolia Street kept its tree name in 1918, while Sixth and 11th have taken on their numerical identities. Magnolia became 19th Street, then Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The 1876 Travis County Courthouse is still at Congress and 11th Street in 1918. And although the east and west rail lines meet at Congress, only one depot is shown.

There’s that darn big island at the mouth of Waller Creek. Of course, the old name of the Texas School for the Deaf is long out of fashion.

We got a lot of chatter. And as a treat, we’ll share a small selection here.

Mary Baughman: One bridge.

Ben Sargent: Did notice that only one of Austin’s two rail depots was shown, but was more puzzled by the little spur track shown coming into the back of (presumably) the IGN depot. This map a little gem, nonetheless!

Elaine Bargsley: As a life long cartographer — everything! Magnolia Street and the University of Texsa on the north edge of town. East Avenue is now Interstate 35.

Tom Doyal: It doesn’t show the Austin State Hospital at 4110 Guadalupe.

Jenny Nalewicki: State Deaf and Dumb Institute — ouch!

Greg Buckingham: No I-35 congestion!

Bill Dodd: South Congress was known as the San Antonio Highway. People still called it that when I was a child. That was before I-35.

Darcie Jane Fromholz: I love the idea of an “Auto Road.”

Richard Olsen: No little blue dot telling me where I am.

Dan Hardick: Woefully inadequate mass transit infrastructure for future generations of Austinites.



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