The Map Inside: Connecticut Officials: 1956

This exhibit shows how the Connecticut official tourist map has changed since the 1930s. You can start with the introduction or browse year to year. The scans may not be actual size (150 dpi), but are consistent with each other.

Other years:
1930 1934 1935 1938 1941 1942 1943 1949 1952 1955 1956 1957 1959
1960 1961 1963 1965 1971 1972 1975 1989 1998 2000 2001 2002

1956 map excerpt, main map

Engineering Services of St. Louis did the cartography for only this year. In 1957, General Drafting took over again. However, the route number font here looks a lot like that used by the DOT starting in 1963.

Torrington's downtown may have retained a lot from the 1950s, but the surrounding highway system has not. Every route seen here, except Route 4 west from W. Torrington, has been renumbered, rerouted, or (Route 8) upgraded to an expressway. Route 72 continued north-northwest along today's Route 272 to the Massachusetts state line.

1956 map excerpt, city inset

Part of the Bridgeport inset is shown. It looks a bit different without Interstate 95.

Today, US 1 goes along the 1956 US 1A alignment, and Route 130 follows the old US 1.