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Map 1: Cedar Rapids, 1906.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.
(Courtesy of The History Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

The Brucemore mansion is approximately 2.5 to 3 miles from the Douglas & Company plant. The Douglases had a coachman or chauffeur to drive them, and the family had cars by 1910.


Questions for Map 1

1. Using a school atlas, locate Cedar Rapids on an Iowa State map.

2. Examine Map 1. Note the close proximity of the railroad to Douglas & Company. How might the company benefit from easy access to railroad transportation?

3. Where is the Brucemore estate in relation to the city center (Ind. District)? (Note that the estate is labeled "Singclair," a misspelling of the original owner's name, Sinclair.) Why do you think the family chose to live away from the city center?

4. What railway passes by the Brucemore estate? How are the markings different for this railway versus the other railroad lines? This line offers local streetcar service.

5. How might the location of the home and its distance from the industrial city center influence the lives of the family and servants that lived there?

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