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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

The Sanborn Company began making fire insurance maps in 1867.  In the decades following the end of the Civil War, fire insurance mapping grew rapidly, mirroring the flourish of growth in the country, the rebuilding of the South and massive westward expansion. Factors such as the Homestead Act, railroad construction, the Industrial Revolution and massive immigration into the United States all fostered huge population growths, urbanization, and heightened demand for mapping. 

Originally created solely for insurance assessment purposes, it was said that at one time, insurance companies and their agents, “relied upon them with almost blind faith”. The maps were utilized by insurance companies to determine the liability of a particular building through all the information included on the map; building material, proximity to other buildings and fire departments, the location of gas lines et cetera. The very decision as to how much, if any insurance was to be offered to a customer was often determined solely through the use of a Sanborn map. The maps also allowed insurance companies to visualize their entire coverage areas; when an agent sold a policy he could color in the corresponding building on the map and  visualize the companies’ coverage of an area.   From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Logan 1886

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Logan 1886

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Logan 1886

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Logan 1886  

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Logan 1893

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Logan 1893

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Logan 1893

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Logan 1893

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Logan 1893

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Logan 1893

Haydenville 1914

Haydenville 1924

Logan 1924

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