Fire insurance maps are the most detailed historical records of the urban landscape. From 1790 to 1961, nearly
every U.S. town and city with populations of 2,000 or more, had been surveyed. During this timeframe, over
13,000 U.S. cities were mapped by fire insurance map publishers. Shown on these maps, sometimes in great
detail, are virtually every building, man-made structure and business standing at the time the survey was made.
Initially, the maps were known only to a handful of fire insurance underwriters. But by 1937, practically every insurance company in the country relied on the maps to balance the financial risks of the properties that they insured. Today, although the uses for fire insurance maps have grown far beyond their original purpose, few people are aware of the wide range of applications for which they are being used.
Environmental assessment, architectural renovation and reconstruction, and corporate research are but a few of the uses drawing professionals and hobbyists to the pages of these intriguing maps.
While the legacy of the maps is quickly becoming the diversity of applications for which they can be used, the history of the maps and those who made them is one of the best-kept cartographic secrets.
This set of Sandborn maps contained 3 pages - These are PDF links and require that you have adobe reader to be able to read them and take a while to load up - they are large - but they can be enlarged to read - I found 400% was ideal was ideal with out loss of clarity for research work.
|This is the "Index" to the Sanborn Map and shows the enitre town corporation limits|
Sanborn Map Company Copyright, 1914, by the Sanorn Map Compnay, 11 Broadway, New Your.
Prevailing Winds SW & W
Water Facilities See NOTE
No. Steam & no hand engine
Two hose carts
One hook & ladder.
Water facilities: Pressure tank system capacity of Tank 7,500. 1 National Constrution Co. F. P. triple 3"x0" drivenly 20HP gasoline eingine supply from 1.6" & 3.4" wells. daily consumption not known domestic pressure 30-60 lbs. fire pressure 60 lbs. 1 1/2 miles 4" & 6" water pipes 17 double hydrants installed 130 extensions since
Fire dept: Volunteer 15 members 2 hand carts 800' 2 1/2 C R.L. hose on one 1st class & 200' 2 1/2 " C R.L. hose on the other 2nd class 1 hand H & L wagon, fire alarm M. E. Church no fire limits.
Grades practically level 1 1/8 mile brick pavement being laid on Main & Scott Streets. Public lights, electic incandescent.
|The key to the color code and symbols used on the map.|