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    Hi Everyone,

    I have been using Sanborn maps for awhile. It dawned on me that not everyone may know about them.

    Here is a good link that has Sanborn Maps for a lot of cities in Texas:

    Sanborn Maps of Texas - Perry-Castañeda Map Collection - UT Library Online

    Here are two examples. These are from 1885. One has the original downtown area of Fort Worth and the next is a close up of one segment.

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    In many instances, they have drawings of original buildings, including what the buildings housed by business type, and layouts of streets.

    Happy Hunting.

    Patrick
    Last edited by PatrickD; Feb 05, 2014 at 03:08 PM.
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