Michigan

MICHIGAN OFFICIAL MAPS

Notes:
(Includes State Rewards maps, and various product advertising maps)

For many of the maps dated 1962-73, 92 & 93, it is difficult to tell which cover is the front and which is the back. If only one side contains the date, that side is described. Otherwise, one side is chosen arbitrarily.

From 1912 to at least 1930, the Michigan State Highway Department published “State Reward Roads” maps. These maps appear to have been appendices to the Annual Reports of the Department of Transportation. In 1918 the title became “State Reward and Federal Aid Roads, Trunk Lines and Bridges” and was lithographed by Denoyer-Geppert. These maps are listed in a separate category at the end of the list.

Starting in 1919, the Michigan legislature mandated maps were to be made available to the public. A copy of a 1919 map is in the state archives. This map is done on 2 sheets—one for upper peninsula and another for lower peninsula. It is not clear if this is the map produced to satisfy the legislation. From 1919 to 1923, the maps were done in this two sheet format and there was a charge of 10 cents for the Upper Peninsula map and 15 cents for the Lower Peninsula map.

Maps issued from 1924 through 1926 were titled “Official Michigan Condition Map” and combined into a single map. These maps were corrected periodically and had a price of 25 cents per copy.

In 1927, the “Official Michigan Service Map” was introduced, which was issued until 1934. The price per copy was 15 cents until mid-1928 when it was 10 cents per copy and in August of 1928 they became free. The maps in 1929-30 were produced by the H.M. Gousha Co. and Rand McNally produced the maps in 1931 and later. The first maps issued for the motoring public came in 1934. This information was supplied by the Michigan Dept. of Transportation.

The two versions of the 1978-79 map also have one other difference, in addition to what is noted below. The first version includes two fake “towns” in Ohio, “goblu” and “beatosu”, referring to the rivalry between the University of Michigan (Blue) and Ohio State University (OSU). These towns were eliminated from the second version.

It is not known whether there is any way to distinguish the reprinted editions of 1944 and 1994, which are reported by the Michigan DOT.

Sponsor(s): G. William Whitworth

Last updated: 2/24/17 (meg)

Michigan Maps:
1919 A; dtd lgnd (Jul 1); no cvr, map printed one side only (Lower Peninsula); unfolded 17 x 22
1919 B; dtd lgnd (Jul 1); no cvr, map printed one side only (Upper Peninsula); unfolded 31 x 16.5
1920; reported by PC (dtd cvr; bw txt cvr with State Trunk Highway 10 sign)
1924; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 34
      [6 known versions: {May 15}, {Jul 15}, {Aug 1}, {Sep 1}, {Sep 15}, {Oct 1}]
1925; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 34
      [5 known versions: {May 1}, {May 15}, {Jul 1}, {Jul 15}, {Sep 15}]
1926; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 34
      [11 known versions: {May 15}, {Jun 1}, {Jul 15}, {Aug 1}, {Aug 15}, {Sep 1}, {Oct 1}, {Oct 15},
      {Nov 1}, {Nov 15}, {Dec 1}]
1927; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 34
      [6 known versions: {May}, {Jun}, {Sep}, {Oct}, {Nov}, {Dec}]
1928; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 34
      [7 known versions: {May}, {Jul}, {Aug – 10 cents}, {Aug – free}, {Sep}, {Oct}, {Nov}]
1929; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 34
      [2 known versions; {May 1}, {Jul 25}]
1930; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 34
      [4 known versions: {Apr 1 & unfolded 24 x 24}, {May 15}, {Jul 1}, {Nov 1}]
1931 A; dtd lgnd; no cvr, bw map printed one side only; unfolded 24.5 x 24.5
1931 B; dtd lgnd (May 15); no cvr, colored map printed one side only; unfolded 31.75 x 31.5
1931 C; dtd lgnd; green and brown dwg of rd through trees by lake & cabin; 4 x 8
      [4 known versions: {May 15 dtd lgnd}, {Jul 1 dtd lgnd}, {Jul 1 dtd cvr and lgnd}, {Oct 1 dtd cvr and lgnd}]
1931 D dtd lgnd (Oct 1); no cvr, colored map printed one side only; unfolded 32.5 x 31.5 (known copy is split into 32 panels and bonded to a linen backing)
1932 A; dtd lgnd (Apr 1); bw map printed one side only; unfolded 24 x 24
1932 B; dtd cvr; otherwise same as 1931 C exc “Department of Conservation” not on cvr
      [3 known versions: {May 1}, {Jul 1}, {Oct 1}]
1933; dtd cvr; otherwise same as 1932 B
      [2 known versions: {May 1}, {Sep 1} and 2 reported versions: {Jun 1}, {Jul 1}]
1934; dtd cvr; clr dwg of rd thru trees by lake (lake on left); 4 x 8
      [3 known versions: {May 1}, {Jul 1}, {Sep 1}]
1935 A; dtd cvr; clr dwg of rd by lake (lake on right); 4 x 8
      [3 known versions: {May 15}, {Jul 1}, {Dec 1}]
1935 B; dtd cvr (Sep 15); white & green dwg of hwy, car, & beach; 4 x 8
1936; dtd cvr; clr dwg of car driving by cliffs & lake; 4 x 8
      [3 known versions: {Jun 1}, {Jul 15}, {Sep 15}]
1936-37 (Winter – Dec 15); clr dwg of cars and snowplow on road in hills; 4 x 8
1937 A (Summer); dtd cvr; clr dwg of picnickers on bluff above lake; 4 x 8
      [2 known versions: {May 15}, {Aug 1}, {Aug 31}]
1937 B (Fall); dtd cvr (Oct 1); otherwise same as 1937 A
1937-38 (Winter); dtd cvr (Dec 1, 1937); clr dwg of snow plow; 4 x 8
1938 A (Spring); dtd cvr (May 1); clr dwg of bird flying high over state map; 4 x 8
1938 B (Summer); dtd cvr (Aug 1); otherwise same as 1938 A
1938-39 (Winter) dtd map title, cvr (Dec 1, 1938); clr dwg of ski jumper; 4 x 8
1939 A; reported by PC (Spring; dtd cvr (Apr 15); otherwise same as 1939 B)
1939 B (Summer); dtd cvr; clr dwg of man fishing in river; 4 x 8
      [2 known versions: {Apr 15}, {Jul 15}]
1939-40 (Winter); dtd map title, cvr (Dec. 1, 1939); clr dwg of car and sleigh on hwy; 4 x 8
1940 A (Summer); dtd cvr; clr dwg of 2 trees on bluff above lake; 4 x 8
      [2 known versions: {Apr 15}, {Jul 15}]
1940 B (Winter); dtd cvr (Dec 1, 1940); clr photo of car on road with large pine tree; 4 x 8
1941 A (Winter); dtd cvr (Jan 1); otherwise same as 1940 B
1941 B (Summer); dtd cvr; clr photo of 2 cars on hwy by lake; 4 x 8
      [2 known versions: {Mar 21, “Spring Edition” inside}, {Jul 1}]
1942 A (Winter); dtd cvr (Dec 1, 1941); clr dwg of snowplow and cars over st outline map; 4 x 8
1942 B (Summer); dtd cvr (Jun 15); clr dwg of st outline, globe, sun, & calendar; 4 x 8
1943 (Summer); dtd cvr (Jul 15); same as 1942 B exc 1943 sticker added to front cvr
1944; No map issued per Michigan DOT (1942 edition reprinted)
1945; dtd cvr; clr dwg “Lumbermen’s Memorial in Iosco County” (ci); 4 x 8
      [2 known versions: {Jun 1}, {Oct 1} and 1 reported version: {Jul 1}]
1946; dtd cvr (Jul 1); otherwise same as 1945 A
1947; dtd cvr; clr dwg of cars on hwy by lake & beach; 4 x 8
      [2 known versions: {May 1}, {Aug 1}]
1948 A; dtd cvr (Apr 15); clr dwg of woman looking out car window at picnickers; 4 x 8
1948 B; dtd cvr (Jul 1); clr dwg of huge ferry “25th Anniversary of Michigan State Ferries”; 4 x 8
1949 A; dtd cvr (Apr 1); clr dwg of huge road sign protruding from center of Michigan; 4 x 8
1949 B; dtd cvr (Jul 1); clr photo of beach and hwy with large trees; 4 x 8
1950 A; dtd cvr (Apr 15); clr dwg of car passing Tourist Information bldg; 4 x 8
1950 B; dtd cvr (Jul 1); clr photo “Scenic turnout on US-41 near Lake Michigamme…” (ci); 4 x 8
1951 A; dtd cvr (Apr 15); clr photo The Morimer E. Cooley Bridge” (ci); 4 x 8
1951 B; dtd cvr (Jul 1); clr photo of rd and trees; 4 x 8
1952 A; dtd cvr (Apr 1); clr dwg of “MICHIGAN” rising over state; 4 x 8
1952 B; dtd cvr (Oct 1); clr photo ”Air view of the Edsel Ford Expressway in Detroit” (ci); 4 x 8
1953 A; dtd cvr (Apr 1); clr photo of man fishing below “Bond Falls” (ci); 4 x 8
1953 B; dtd cvr (Oct 1); clr photo of couple with skis; 4 x 8
1954 A; dtd cvr (Apr 1); clr photo of picnickers; 4 x 8
1954 B; dtd cvr (Oct 1); clr photo of man & woman ice fishing; 4 x 8
1955 A; dtd cvr (Apr 1); clr dwg of horses & wagon with modern freeway in sky above; 4 x 8
1955 B; dtd cvr (Oct 1); clr photo of ski jump “Olympic Trials 1955”; 4 x 8
1956 A; dtd cvr (Apr 1); clr photo “Pipi-Qwa, Chief of the Ottawas” (ci); 4 x 8
1956 B; dtd cvr (Oct 1); clr dwg “The White tail deer…” (ci); 4 x 8
1957 A; dtd cvr (Apr 1); clr photo “Point Betsie Lighthouse, Lake Michigan” (ci); 4 x 8
1957 B; dtd cvr (Oct 1); clr photo “The State Capitol, Lansing” (ci); 4 x 8
1958; dtd cvr; clr photo of “The Mackinac Bridge” (ci); 4 x 8
1959; no map issued per Michigan DOT
1960; dtd cvr; clr photo “Interstate 75 at the Ohio Line” (ci); 4 x 8
1961; dtd cvr; clr photo “Interstate 94 west of Detroit” (ci); 4 x 8
1962; dtd cvr; 4 clr photos (boaters on beach, country lane, skier, st cptl); 4 x 8
1963; dtd cvr; clr photo “Exploding fireworks flare over the night skyline of Detroit” (ci); 4 x 8
1964; dtd cvr; clr photo “Interstate 75 between Vanderbilt and Indian River” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1965; dtd cvr; clr photo “A View of Douglass-Houghton waterfall” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1966; dtd cvr; clr photo “Pictured Rocks area along the Lake Superior shoreline” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1967; dtd cvr; clr photo “Burton Carillon Tower, Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1968; dtd cvr; clr dwg “Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1969; dtd cvr; clr photo of man skiing; 3.75 x 7.5
      [2 known versions: {“1969 Off. Hwy. Map” in white letters}, {“1969 Off. Hwy. Map” in black letters}]
1970; dtd cvr; clr photo of snowy creek & sm inset photo of skier; 3.75 x 7.5
1971; dtd cvr; clr dwg of Mackinac Bridge tower; 3.75 x 7.5
1972; dtd cvr; clr photo of sunset over lake; 3.75 x 7.5
1973; dtd cvr; clr photo of hwy through forested region; 3.75 x 7.5
1974; dtd cvr; 5 clr photos (freeway, train, plane, van, ship); 3.75 x 7.5
1975; dtd cvr; clr aerial photo of freeway and lake; 3.75 x 7.5
1976-77; dtd cvr; clr photo of men in revolutionary costumes; 3.75 x 7.5
      [2 known versions: {“Fwy scheduled to open 1976″ in lgnd}, {“Fwy scheduled to open 1977″ in lgnd}]
1978-79; dtd cvr; clr photo “Skyline of the City of Detroit” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
      [2 known versions: {“beatosu” & “goblu” fake towns near Toledo},
      {fake towns removed and State Hwy. Bldg. address added on back}]
1980-81; dtd cvr; clr photo “Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains…” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
      [2 known versions: {“Our 75th Year” in lrhc of back cvr (most likely issued in 1980)},
      {“Our 75th Year” removed (most likely issued in 1981)}]
1982; dtd lgnd; same cover photo as 1980-81 with different wording; 3.75 x 7.5
1983; dtd lgnd; clr photo “The Mackinac Bridge” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1984; dtd lgnd; otherwise same as 1983
1985; dtd lgnd; clr photo “Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
      [3 known versions: {blank lrhc}, {Union label only in lrhc}, {Union label & “Litho in USA-85” in lrhc}]
1986; dtd lgnd; otherwise same as 1985
1987; dtd lgnd; clr photo “Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1988; dtd lgnd; clr photo “Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1989; dtd lgnd; slightly different view of 1988 photo; 3.75 x 7.5
1990; dtd lgnd; clr photo “Holland Lighthouse” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1991; dtd lgnd; otherwise same as 1990
      [2 known versions: {“Litho in USA-90” lrhc, no Trans. Commission on back cvr},
      {“Litho in USA- 91” lrhc, Trans. Commission on back cvr}]
1992; dtd lgnd; 2 clr photos “Balloon Festival, Sailboat Race” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1993; dtd lgnd; otherwise same as 1992
1994; no map issued per Michigan DOT (1993 edition reprinted)
1995; dtd btm of map; clr photo “Michigan’s magnificently restored State Capitol” (ci); 3.75 x 7.5
1996; dtd btm of map; otherwise same as 1995
1997; dtd back cvr; clr photo of Mackinac Bridge (no date in urhc of map); 3.75 x 7.5
      [2 known versions: {Town of Iron River missing}, {Town of Iron River on map}
1998; dtd urhc of map; new MDOT logo on back cvr, otherwise same as 1997
1999; dtd urhc of map; clr photo of lighthouse; 3.75 x 7.5
2000; dtd urhc of map; otherwise same as 1999
2001; dtd urhc of map; clr photo montage (man with pumpkin, etc.); 3.75 x 7.5
      [3 known versions: {Sticker on back cover with Trans. Commission names},
      {Commissioner Jackson’s name corrected},
      {New Commission on back cvr, Gingrass name removed} ]
2001 mini; no date: same cvr photos as reg 2001 map; 3.0 x 5.25
2002; dtd urhc of map; otherwise same as 2001
2003; dtd urhc of map, cvr (2003-04); 5 clr photos on clr photo of hwy through autumn foliage; 3.75 x 7.5
2003-2004 mini; dtd cvr: same cvr photos as reg 2003 map; 3.0 x 5.25
2004; dtd urhc of map, cvr (2003-04); same as 2003 exc 3.25 x 6.75
2005; dtd cvr; 10 photos of modes of transportation from 1905 to 2005; 3.25 x 6.75
2006; dtd cvr; 5 clr seasonal photos over a seasonal collage photo; 3.25 x 6.75
2007; dtd cvr; clr dwg “Mackinac Bridge Celebrating 50 Years”; 3.25 x 7.25
2008; dtd cvr; clr photo “Grand Craft Classic-Style Wooden Boat, Holland” (ci); 3.25 x 7.25
2009; dtd cvr; clr photo “Huron Shores Roadside Park on US-23 in Cheboygan” (ci); 3.25 x 7.25
2010: dtd cvr; clr photo of Fishtown, Leland, Leelanau County; 3.25 x 7.25
2011-12; dtd urhc of map; 4 clr photos (lake shore, family, grapes, city); 3.25 x 7.25
2012-13; dtd urhc; clr photo boats at a dock; 3.25 x 7.25

Michigan State Rewards Roads Maps:
1912; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 27.5 x 28
1914 A; dtd lgnd (June 30); no cvr, map printed one side only, Upper Peninsula; unfolded 26 x 17
1914 B; dtd lgnd (June 30); no cvr, map printed one side only, Lower Peninsula; unfolded 22 x 26
1916 A; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only, Upper Peninsula; unfolded 31 x 18
1916 B; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only, Lower Peninsula; unfolded 23 x 28
1917; reported by PC
1918; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 36
1919; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 36
1920; dtd lgnd; no cvr, map printed one side only; unfolded 34 x 36
1924; reported by PC
1926; reported by PC
1930; reported by PC

Michigan Pepsi-Cola Maps:
1986; dtd lgnd; same cvr photo as regular 1986 issue with Pepsi logo added; 3.75 x 7.5

Michigan Bay Refining Gasoline Maps:
1966; dtd mileage table; blue cover with dwg of a Bay sign; 3.75 x 7.5
1968; dtd on map; otherwise same as 1966
1972; dtd on map; dwg of a Bay gas pump on blue background; 3.75 x 7.5

Michigan Leonard Gasoline Maps:
[1957]; not dated but uses a 1957 base map; clr dwg of family in car and Leonard logo; 4 x 8
1958; dtd cvr (Jun 1); otherwise same as [1957]
1959; dtd cvr (Sep 1); similar cover to [1957] but different colors; 4 x 8
1961; dtd cvr (Jun 1); otherwise same as 1959
1962; dtd cvr (Jun 1); otherwise same as 1959
1963; dtd code on bk cvr (6390-1216); dwg of state outline with Leonard cap; 3.75 x 7.5
1964; dtd code on bk cvr (6490-1216); otherwise same as 1963
1965; dtd code on bk cvr (6590-1216); clr photo of 3 people overlooking waterfall; 3.75 x 7.5
1966; dtd code on bk cvr (6690-1216); clr photo of waves along rocky shoreline; 3.75 x 7.5
1967; dtd mileage table; clr photo of Burton Carillon Tower – U. of MI; 3.75 x 7.5
1968; dtd code on bk cvr (6890-1216); blue and white dwg of lady by car; 3.75 x 7.5
1969; dtd code on bk cvr (6990-1216); color photo of canoe at sunrise; 3.75 x 7.5
[1970]; not dated; clr photo of a child playing at the beach; 3.75 x 7.5

Michigan Zephyr Gasoline Maps:
1964; dtd mileage table; blue tinted photo of I-75 and Zephyr sign; 3.5 x 7.25
1965; dtd mileage table; otherwise same as 1964
1968; dtd mileage table; otherwise same as 1964
1969; dtd on map; otherwise same as 1964 (WI map on one side)
1970; dtd on map; blue tinted photo of I-75 with Zephyr & Osceola signs (WI map on one side); 3.75 x 7.5
1971; dtd mileage table; blue tinted photo of I-75 and Zephyr sign (WI map on one side); 3.5 x 7.5
1973; dtd on map; otherwise same as 1964 (WI map on one side)

Michigan Auto-Owners Insurance Company Maps:
1922; dtd lgnd (Jul 15); no cvr and printed one side only; unfolded 15.5 x 18.5
1939; dtd cvr; clr dwg of IN/OH/MI with Auto-Owners logo; 4 x 9
1965; dtd cvr; clr photo of 3 people overlooking waterfalls; 3.75 x 7.25
1966; dtd cvr; clr photo of waves along a rocky shoreline; 3.75 x 7.25

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association Maps:
1973; dtd deer report; clr photo of boat by rocky cliff; 3.5 x 7.5
1974; dtd deer report; otherwise same as 1973
1975; dtd deer report; otherwise same as 1973

Michigan Meijer Stores and Travel Bureau Maps:
1993; dtd cvr (summer); clr dwg of sand sculpture in state shape with pail and shovel; 3.5 x 7.5
1993; dtd cvr (fall); clr dwg of leaves in state shape; 3.5 x 7.5
1993-94; dtd cvr (winter); clr dwg of snow sculpture in state shape; 3.5 x 7.5
1994; dtd cvr (fall); clr dwg of leaves in state shape; 3.5 x 7.5
1995; dtd cvr (summer); clr dwg of carnival booth, people, and balloons; 3.75 x 7.5