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  • Writer's pictureLawrence Lore

Maps, Maps, and More Maps

From the Library of Congress

“The Sanborn Map Collection consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.”

Originally published by The Sanborn Map Company, the maps were created to allow fire insurance companies to assess their total liability in urbanized areas of the United States. And guess what? There are Sanborn maps that identify streets, structures, businesses, homes, churches, schools, and other insurable buildings within the towns of:

Bridgeport for 1909, 1912, 1927;

Lawrenceville 1895, 1901, 1908, 1912, 1918, 1930, 1947,

St Francisville 1906,1913; 1926

Sumner 1894, 1899, 1906, 1912, 1927

They are FREE to use and downloadable.

Click here for a link to Sanborn maps at the Library of Congress. (and get a cup of coffee, these maps are full of details.)

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