Other Maps

While finding and tracing railroad abandonments is my primary motivation, it is not the only thing I'm interested in. 

I also enjoy learning about the history of our US Highway and Interstate network. I'm a bit of a roadgeek if you couldn't already tell. And of course, who can't help but love the Funny Place Names of the world? 

My proposal for a bike path in Bolingbrook
New Interstate Corridors - My ideas, as well as official proposals, for new Interstate corridors across the US. Generally, I believe that 2 digit interstates should be either multi state or 300 miles, otherwise a 3 digit number should be employed. There are far too many short routes, and only so many 2 digit numbers to choose from, thus many of my proposals are for 3 digit routes over longer distances than they typically cover. Some of these proposals are more serious than others.
Unmarked Routes of Illinois - Many of IDOT's roads are unmarked despite being maintained by the state. This is my attempt to find each of them and number them. This isn't an official IDOT map and the numbers, even the ones that come from IDOT reference markers shouldn't be considered official descriptions for the route.

Route 66 in Illinois - A map of the Mother Road, it's past lives and it's possible future in the state of Illinois. So far, this is complete only between Chicago and Springfield.

Funny Place Names

County Highway Map of Illinois - A few counties in Illinois use a similar numbering system for their county highways, which if adopted statewide would create a nice grid system. But they do not. This project is my (slow) attempt to standardize the county highway systems of each of Illinois' 102 counties.

A working map of abandoned airports and landing strips.


  1. Great maps. How do you create a map with Google maps. I have not yet discovered how to draw on google maps, add a comment to the drawing (generally an abandoned rail segment, an unpublished spur, or an unpublished siding), add text to the statement, and then publish it so all can see.

    You apparently have solved that problem. Can you give me some insight as to how to do that?

    Ed Bradford

    1. Ed, thanks for the question, and perhaps I’ll add a FAQ area to this site at some point.

      To create a google map, you need to use Google My Maps https://www.google.com/maps/d/. From there you’ll be able to create different maps using different base maps as backdrops. I prefer the satellite backdrop since it allows me to seamlessly look for abandoned rail lines.

      You can also change the privacy settings of the map to allow it to be viewed by the public, which allows them to be embedded as well. I maybdo a more robust tutorial at some point, but Google My Maps is user friendly enough that many of its features can be learned simply by playing around with it.

      If you have any other questions please let me know!