Since I had decide to use the Montana Territory for various reasons, I spent some time looking at Google maps, trying to find a town that was in mixed terrain, and was not too changed from its late 1800's plan. The idea was to then look for a period map of the town, and use that, or a modification there of. After some work, I finally found the prototype for my town of Irony: Bannack, MT.
Bannack, named for the local Bannock Native Americans, was a gold rush town that boomed quickly, then nearly disappeared before guttering out into the ghost town that it is today. I found a tourist map of the place, which had the look I liked, and drew a simplified version of it in Google Draw. The pictures are either period pictures of buildings in town, or modern ones of the remaining buildings in the ghost town.
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After I drew the map with Google Draw, I then used MS publisher to put together this version, add in the photos, and the border. I then printed it, and yellowed the paper with coffee and some dirt, folded it about 1000 times and there you have it. I rather like it.