• Classic Grand Island Map
    Classic Grand Island Map

    Designed by a real human living in Grand Island, not some creepy internet robot.

  • Dark Blue Grand Island Map
    Dark Blue Grand Island Map

    Designed by a real human living in Grand Island, not some creepy internet robot.

  • Red Grand Island Map
    Red Grand Island Map

    Designed by a real human living in Grand Island, not some creepy internet robot.

Cartography as art

A couple years back Paul, our marketing manager, noticed the popularity of street maps as wall art. In fact, a friend had decorative maps around his house of almost every city he'd lived in – including his native Grand Island – purchased through a website. Given his own interest in maps, Paul sought out some of these websites.

The prints available online were found to be lacking in local knowledge and attention to detail, so Paul decided as a designer it was time to create a map of his own. While he wasn't sure of this, he postulated that most of these websites used some sort of internet robot to scan Google Maps and subsequently spit out a relatively unconsidered print for purchase. The resulting maps were congested with a random smattering of alleys and driveways that would never appear on a street map, while at the same time seeming to leave out a large percentage of Grand Island's cul-de-sacs.

While he wasn't sure of this, he postulated that most of these websites used some sort of internet robot to scan Google Maps.

So Paul went to work. In between other projects here at the Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, he took great care to create an accurate street map that was also a beautiful piece of decoration for a home or office. He combined information from Google Maps, satellite imagery, and maps from the city of Grand Island's planning department with some bona fide, boots-on-the-ground reconnaissance.

The more Paul worked on the project, the more he was fascinated by the angles of the highways intersecting the city and how the Platte River, at its point nearest to the city, followed some of those same angles. He gave serious consideration to basic design elements such as line weight, hierarchy, and framing. The result is a map of Grand Island created by a Grand Islander, not an internet robot who's never set their metal foot on any of our streets.

These maps are available for purchase by filling the form out in the sidebar of this page.

These maps are available for purchase as posters by filling the form out in the sidebar of this page. Your order will be emailed to Copycat Printing (365 N Broadwell Ave), where you will be able to pay for and pick up your very own map of Grand Island created by a Grand Islander. Copycat will call you when your poster is ready for pick up. The visitors bureau doesn't profit from this, we just hope these posters foster community pride in Grand Island residents, former residents, fourth cousins of former residents, and everyone else. We think they will make great Christmas gifts at $6 for an 18"x24" print, and just $12 for 24"x36". Stuff them in a stocking, if your Christmas stockings are that large, or frame them for your own den or office. 


Updated Grand Island street maps will be available at the Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau offices early in 2018.