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    How to find older places in towns?

    Just need ideas on how I could find older places to hunt. Can you go to a court house for maps or what? Any help would be appreciated.
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    Try local sanborn maps or use the historicariels.com. use the slide feature to see modern image over an older one.

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    Awesome suggestions of Library and Sanborn maps by the fellas above.

    Here is a supplement to what Back-of-the-boat and Villagenut already mentioned.

    Social Distancing and a mask while doing research at a brick and mortar Library is a PITA

    Sanborn Maps are AWESOME but not cheap if you try to buy them on eBay

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    Let a search engine an technology Help you out. It will be a lot faster.

    Let the tax payer funded Online Library of Congress help you find your next treasure

    https://www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps/

    You can clip a part of the map

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    You can enlarge in great detail without having to use a magnifying glass

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    Then you can download the enlarge clipped image to your computer For research
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    After you “mark up “ your location you can send it to your mobile phone for reference on site.

    Good luck and let us know what you find we would all love to share your happiness when you unearth history.

    Cheers

    WaterScoop
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    The web alone has been my best research tool for locating history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fistfulladirt View Post
    The web alone has been my best research tool for locating history.
    Give us an example so we can learn from you . The web is a vast ocean . Thnx Fistfullofdirt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY) View Post
    Library. Historical Society. County historian. Old postcards.
    I love old post cards! I get happy when I Come across them at estate sales.
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    "History does not long entrust the
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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    Can you be more specific: What kinds of 'places' are you looking for?
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    Since most old locations are now paved, street tearouts are one of the best options when they come along, almost guarenteed to find old coins and relics if your timing is right. Downside is they are active construction zones so of course you must go after workers are gone, even then they might be barricaded off to the public, and aslo they can be hazardous.
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    The sandborn maps are a great help, thank you. I’m from sw Kansas so it’s hard finding good places to go. Thank everyone

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    JMac, go ahead and check with the courthouse also! I have used it both for historical research and copies of local maps and mining information and descriptions gong back into the 1870' in my area northeastern Oregon. It may cost you a little for copies, but is well worth checking out. Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fistfulladirt View Post
    The web alone has been my best research tool for locating history.
    I do a search on a city or county park. Then I might Google earth it.

    Use free historical online maps.

    Use city or county websites to determine street/sidewalk tear out dates.
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    Also, use zillow to see whats for sale in your town. Filter by AGE maximum. I use this to determine if the residence are occupied or not. If vacant, I do the curb strip out front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeds151 View Post
    Also, use zillow to see whats for sale in your town. Filter by AGE maximum. I use this to determine if the residence are occupied or not. If vacant, I do the curb strip out front.
    Great idea, I like that.

 

 
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