sanborn    lake atlas

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The Sanborn Map Company [Wikipedia] put out thousands and thousands of maps of late 19th and early 20th century of small town America.  They were called fire maps, because they were essentially inventories of buildings with fire risks identified for insurance purposes.  Insurance companies could buy the maps, find your house, see if it was brick or frame, located next to close to other buildings or not, see if it was next to a fire-prone building or not, etc. etc.

If you have any interest in local history, you'll find them fascinating.  You can find all of the Northern Kentucky maps at Covington Library's web site, on this page Scroll down to Kentucky Sanborn Fire Maps. You'll need a liberary card number. Use the zoom feature in your pdf reader to get to the detail in the maps.

The Sanborn's exist for:

Augusta,
Brooksville,
Butler,
Carrollton,
Covington (including Ludlow, Latonia, Fort Mitchell, Erlanger, Elsmere, Bromley, and Independence, more so in the later versions, not near as much in the the earlier ones),
Dayton,
Falmouth,
Maysville,
Newport (includes Bellevue and Fort Thomas, and in some years, Dayton)

Owenton,
Walton,
Warsaw, and
Williamstown. 

Most towns have multiple sets of maps from the 1880's to 1920 or so.

And since they come up as pdf's, you can save them to your hard drive and have your very own copies.

Covington and Newport libraries each have a physical bound volume of their respective towns' maps - in color - that you can thumb thru. 

There are some color versions of the maps at the Kentuckiana Digial Libary, but coverage is erratic.

And last but not least, the Sanborn's frequently have some graphically ornate title pages that are absolutely awesome.

The D. J. Lake Company put out atlases for thousands of counties in the US in the 1880's.  They're in full color, and have tremendous detail.  The Kenton County Library has made pdf's out of three of them for you.  These are ginormous files, but worth it.  Save them to your hard drive - you'll refer to them often.

They have Lake Atlases for

Boone, Campbell, Kenton;

Bracken and Pendleton; and

Gallatin and Carroll.

You can find them on this page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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