Andy Woodruff took me back to my Maine days in his excellent Cartogrammer post You can’t get there from here" />
Andy Woodruff took me back to my Maine days in his excellent Cartogrammer post You can’t get there from here
Apparently in Maine they have a saying, “you can’t get there from here” (spoken in a Maine accent), said when giving directions as an observation of the impossibility of traveling a direct route between certain places. It seems to have something to do with lakes and the organization of roads in the vast rural areas of the state. To some extent it also holds true in other parts of New England.
The same holds true in Boston, which Andy demonstrates with some great maps of the circuitous routes of otherwise short distances dictated by Boston roads.
I would submit Danbury, CT as the most not-here-from-there town in America, having driven around it for over an hour trying to exit to a hotel for the night. Danbury was immortalized by Thomas Jefferson’s founding reference to the concept of the “Separation of Church and State” in an 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. I’m quite convinced it never reached them and that generations of postal carriers lie in unmarked graves having been able to see where they needed to go but eternally unable to get there.