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Sketch of Albert Ruger
A sketch of map illustrator Albert Ruger

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Panoramic Map Artist Albert Ruger Died
November 12, 1899

Have you ever tried to find your way around a strange town without a good map? In the 19th century with the United States expanding to the West, mapping new territories was extremely important. As cities grew and spread across the nation, a different kind of map--the panoramic map--became necessary and popular.

Pioneering panoramic-map artist Albert Ruger died on November 12, 1899, in Akron, Ohio. During his lifetime, Ruger helped develop this new form of cartography (mapmaking), producing maps of towns and cities in 22 states from New Hampshire to Minnesota, and as far south as Alabama. What is a panoramic map?

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