The Map Inside: Connecticut Officials: 2002

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

2002 map, rural

This map section shows the Berlin area, between New Britain and Cromwell. Compared to the 2000 map, we can see a different font for town names, slightly different background colors, and gray exit numbers instead of black. I think these changes have made the map more readable, which was probably the intent.

Notice the Berlin Turnpike, a four-lane divided highway, is drawn with a single line instead of double. Other divided non-expressways, like US 5 in South Windsor, are drawn the same way. Past maps used to distinguish these roads with double red line, a convention that I hope will be reinstated.

2002 map, urban

Danbury was inadvertently left out of the city insets in 2000, but returned in 2002. Welcome back, Danbury.

The red road leading south from I-84 exit 3 is US 7; for decades, this was to be the north end of a "Super 7" expressway leading to Norwalk.