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In 1897 and 1898 the Philadelphia Inquirer published a series of bicycle routes. Each route had a map and a narrative describing the trip. Most also had a route coupon, providing information on road conditions and hotels or restaurants along the way.

Project Description

In 1897 and 1898 the Philadelphia Inquirer published a series of bicycle routes.  Each route had a map and a narrative describing the trip.  Most also had a route coupon, providing information on road conditions and hotels or restaurants along the way.  Most of the routes fanned out from Philadelphia to the surrounding area, about a third went into New Jersey.  One series of connected routes went to New York City, another to Pittsburgh.  

The maps were hand drawn.  The narratives are detailed with information on road conditions, businesses, historical, and cultural sites along the way, and running commentary on what the rider saw as he traveled along the route.  As he frequently gives the date of his ride the route provides a snapshot of that particular day.

The digitzation process begins with the newspaper on microfilm.  Working from a printed copy of the microfilmed route, one person typed the routes into a word document and another proofread.  The routes are saved as a pdf document and pdf scans are made of the newspaper page, the map, and the route coupon.  These documents are then loaded into the Rutgers University Libraries RUCore system.

1897-1898 Bicycle Routes

 

#1:  Philadelphia to Bristol en route to Trenton, Princeton and New York (April 18, 1897)

   route     map     coupon     page view

#2:  Bristol to Trenton and Princeton, en route to New York (April 25, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#3:  New Road to Atlantic City (May 2, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#4:  Philadelphia, Darby and Chester, A Pleasant 15-Mile Spin (May 9, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#5:  Main Outlets of Philadelphia (May 16, 1897)

     route     map                    page view

#6:  Philadelphia to Willow Grove, via Old York Pike (May 23, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#7:  Two Excellent Pikes [Bryn Mawr via Montgomery and Lancaster Pikes] (May 30, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#8:  Philadelphia to Valley Forge, A Delightful Ride Through a Historic Section (June 6, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#9:  Three Roads from Princeton to New York City (June 13, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#10: Absecon, NJ to Asbury Park (June 20, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#11: Asbury Park to Trenton (June 24, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#12: Philadelphia to Vineland (June 27, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#13: The Neshaminy Falls and Camp Birney – Three Routes (July 4, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#14: Vineland to Cape May (July 11, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#15: Camden to Burlington (via Burlington Pike) (July 18, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#16: A Charming Five-Mile Ramble Along the Schuylkill (The East River Drive) (July 25, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#17: Lovely Wissahickon Drive (August 1, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#18: Philadelphia to Reading – A Picturesque Ride (August 9, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#19: Spring House, Montgomery Co.(August 15, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#20: The Lancaster Pike to Downington (with a Digression to the Paoli Monument) (August 22, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#21: The Main Outlets of Camden (August 29, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#22: Cycler’s Map of Camden City [no route narrative included] (August 29, 1897)

     route     map     coupon     page view

#23: The White Horse Pike of Camden County, N.J.

     route     map     coupon     page view

#24: From Schuylkill to Brandywine Along the Baltimore Pike

     route     map     coupon     page view

#25: Brandywine to Susquehanna Along the Baltimore Pike

     route     map     coupon     page view

#26: The Towpath Along the Susquehanna [from Port Deposit, MD to Wrightsville, PA]

     route     map     coupon     page view

#27: The Blackwoodtown Pike and the New Road to Glassboro

     route     map     coupon     page view

#28: Philadelphia to Lancaster [continuation of #20]

     route     map     coupon     page view

#29: A [blurry] Ramble Through Historic Germantown

     route     map     coupon     page view

#30: Philadelphia to Harrisburg En Route to Pittsburg

     route     map     coupon     page view

#31: Harrisburg to Lewistown, En Route to Pittsburg

     route     map     coupon     page view

#32: Lewistown to Altoona en Route to Pittsburg

     route     map     coupon     page view

#33: Altoona to Johnstown by Way of Horse Shoe Curve

     route     map     coupon     page view

#34: Johnstown to Pittsburg

     route     map     coupon     page view

#35: A Ramble Through Fairmont Park

     route     map     coupon     page view

#36: Philadelphia to West Chester

     route     map     coupon     page view

#37: Location of Cycle Clubs in Philadelphia

     route     map     coupon     page view

#38: to Salem, New Jersey

     route     map     coupon     page view

#39: Improved Roads in nearby New Jersey

     route     map     coupon     page view

Subject Guide

Julie Still
Contact:
Paul Robeson Library

Rutgers University, Camden


856 225-2846

Project Update

12/06/16

Routes 1-15 are loaded in their entirety.

The FAQ has been updated.