Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Moorhead (S4797)

  • 1884-1956 [additional cities included]
    Microfilm, 1 reel

    Historical Sketch

    The Sanborn Map Company of New York was established in 1867 to prepare detailed street maps of American towns and cities. These maps were intended as business aids for fire insurance companies, so maps of a particular city would contain detailed outlines of each building and structure, notes on the materials used to construct them, indications of water mains, electrical wiring, and other specific items. These maps were drawn exactly to scale, at one inch per 50 or 100 feet. The Sanborn Company usually updated the maps for a particular city every few years.

    The Sanborn Map Company no longer exists, and the original need for its maps – fire insurance information – has long since been met by other means. However, the maps of the company have proven to be of priceless value for local historical research. 

    Collection Description

    The reel of film contains Sanborn maps of several Minnesota communities, of which only one, Moorhead, is in the northwest part of the state. There are sets of maps for Moorhead on the film. Each set contains one full map of the city, followed by detailed maps of each section of Moorhead. The detailed maps show in exact scale the location of each structure on each street. Special symbols and appended information for the buildings indicate the material used in construction, the number of floors on a structure, the presence or absence of electrical wiring and water pipes. The purpose of each building – as a dwelling, a restaurant, dry goods store, etc. – is also indicated. 

    Inventory

    Reel 1

    • Towns and Cities Included
      • Minnesota Lake – 4340
      • Montevideo – 4341
      • Montgomery – 4342
      • Monticello – 4342
      • Moorhead – 4344
        • June 1884 – 4 sheets
        • June 1890 – 7 sheets
        • February 1896 – 8 sheets
        • October 1899 – 10 sheets
        • September 1906 – 11 sheets
        • November 1914 – 12 sheets
        • June 1922 – 14 sheets
        • July 1929 – 16 sheets
        • 1956 - updated
         
       
    • Moose Lake – 4345
    • Morris – 4346
    • Mountain Lake – 4347
    • Nashwauk – 4348
    • New Brighton – 4349
    • New Prague – 4350
    • New Richland – 4351
    • New Ulm – 4352
    • New York Mills – 4353
    • North Branch – 4354
    • North St. Paul – 4355
    • Northern Pacific Junction – 4356
    • Northfield – 4357
    • Ortonville – 4358
    • Osakis – 4359