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Corona in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

World’s Largest Map

 
 
World’s Largest Map Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 16, 2016
1. World’s Largest Map Marker
Inscription. Beneath these stones is the 9,000 square-foot Texaco map of New York State made with 567 terrazzo mosaic panels, each weighing 440 pounds and the same size as the ones you are now standing on. It is a 4,000 times enlargement of the Texaco touring map and shows all the same cities, towns, highways, roads, rivers, lakes, and Texaco stations.
The stones hold a fabric membrane in place to protect the badly damaged map from further deterioration.
A representation of the Texaco logo hangs near where travel guides once offered information and a special World’s Fair edition of the Texaco New York State Touring Map.

 
Location. 40° 44.611′ N, 73° 50.669′ W. Marker is in Corona, New York, in Queens County. Marker can be reached from Avenue of the States. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corona NY 11368, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New York State Pavilion (here, next to this marker); Remnants from the ruins (here, next to this marker); Skate Rental (here, next to this marker); Live Performances (here, next to this marker); Mezzanine Tour of New York State (here,
One of the original tiles image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 16, 2016
2. One of the original tiles
next to this marker); “Lucy Day” at the New York World’s Fair (here, next to this marker); World’s Largest Suspension Roof (here, next to this marker); Observation Towers (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corona.
 
Also see . . .  The Great Texaco Road Map (Conlab.org). One of the most popular attractions at the Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow was its enormous terrazzo pavement based on a Texaco road map of the state of New York. Designed by Philip Johnson Associates following ancient precedents in depicting the world as a pavement, the Pavilion’s floor celebrated a familiar icon of American pop culture-the road map. Conceived to be the largest geographic representation in the world, the pavement was also the most extensive terrazzo project ever undertaken at the time, costing approximately $1 million to complete. Rand, McNally & Company supplied the topographic information, while Texaco provided the location of each of its state gas stations. The enormous map is composed of 576 individual panels, each measuring 4’x4’, which span a total of 130’ by 166’. Each panel weighs approximately 400 pounds, creating an entire
One of the original tiles image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 16, 2016
3. One of the original tiles
pavement weighing in at a staggering 114 tons.
(Submitted on September 30, 2017.) 
 
Additional keywords. cartography
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
The Texaco star image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 15, 2017
4. The Texaco star
"You can trust your car to - the man who wears the star - the big, bright Texaco star"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Last updated on October 2, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4. submitted on October 16, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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