Saturday, March 3, 2012

Historic Sanborn Maps

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company created maps of cities for use by fire insurance companies beginning in 1867.  The University of Missouri has digitized the existing Sanborn maps for Poplar Bluff  for various years between 1892 through 1917.  These maps can be searched or browsed by visiting the University of Missouri Digital Library website.

These maps give you a glimpse of how the downtown area grew and changed over a 25 year period.  This information has great historical importance since so much of that area was destroyed by the 1927 tornado.

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