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 5 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.
Page One - Sections: Palmer House, Key & Scott, Toner AvenueThese pages contain crops from these maps:
Page Two - Downtown
Page Three - S. Main (Madison - Daviess) Jungle Hotel Sections
Page Four - S. Main (Daviess - ?), Sections
Page Five - Academy