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About Sanborn Maps of Missouri (1867-1970)


Sanborn fire insurance maps for cities and towns in Missouri, providing detailed property and land-use records. 'The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape, construction materials, height, building use, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, house numbers, and more. The plans often include information and shading for steel beams or reinforced walls, plus symbols for stables, garages, warehouses, etc.

Factories are labeled with the owner's name, as well as the products manufactured there. In large industrial and commercial buildings, even individual rooms and their uses are recorded. Also depicted are pipelines, railroads, wells, water mains, dumps, and heavy machinery likely to affect the property's vulnerability to earthquake, fire, and flood.' (from Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 product description)

Sources Sanborn fire insurance maps
Dates Covered 1867-1970
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Print Counterpart (backfiles) The Libraries own some Sanborn maps for St. Louis
Provider Proquest Information & Learning Company.
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