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From: "Dan Patterson" <>
Subject: RE: [NCRowan] Fw: Sanborn Maps at NCLIVE revisited
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2004 19:27:20 -0400
About Sanborn Maps,
I purchased several turn of the century two story homes in Spencer, NC about
15 years ago. After spending several years remodeling them and spending a
lot of time in their crawl spaces, I figured out that there were lots of
additions to these homes many years ago. Many inside floor trusses appeared
to have carved out places in them as if they were steps there at one time.
I could not prove this until a friend of mine told me about Sanborn maps he
had purchased at an auction and had donated them to the NC Transportation
Museum. The maps were dated 1910. This was just a few years after my homes
were built. These maps did show me drawings of my homes in great detail and
indicated where outside steps and porches had been added. After inquiring
at the museum about the where abouts of the maps they finally told me they
had been moved to the NC Archives in Raleigh. Did that infuriate the former
owner. I then visited the NC Archives building in Raleigh and after an hour
of talking to several folks who had no idea of what I was talking about,,,
The manager of the place finally came to me and told me where they were.
They had stored them in a place where no one could find them. I am glad
they have finally made them available to the public. These maps are
certainly worth preserving and now getting computer access to...
Rowan County Information On-Line
P.O. Box 241
Spencer, NC 28159
www.GoRowan.com Tour our historic county
www.GoRowan.com/rowanroots My family history
www.High-Rock.com High Rock Lake Recreation
www.DanTana.com Travel Services
www.SalisburyPrison.com Civil War Prison
www.RowanMuseum.com Local history
www.Spencer-Inn.com Turn of the century B&B
www.1490WSTP.com Local sports radio
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag."
From: Betty A. Pace [mailto:]
Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2004 4:42 PM
Subject: [NCRowan] Fw: Sanborn Maps at NCLIVE revisited
I am merely forwarding this for use of NC residents.
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From: "Ruth Ann Copley" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 21:30:34 -0400
Subject: Sanborn Maps at NCLIVE revisited I've had a couple of questions
from folks about the Sanborn Maps on NCLIVE so I thought I'd revisit the
maps issue again. As I wrote in my
earlier email: If you are a NC resident and have a borrower's card from
your local public library or institution of higher learning, you can get
access to the Sanborn Maps for Lexington 1887-1948, and for Thomasville
1908-1938, through NCLIVE online. You can print them out as well as look at
them online, zooming in on your desired "territory." Many other NC towns
are also included, so if you have other towns you'd like to research then
you might find the detailed maps here.
Once you get the secret word (BTW it will change in August 2004) from your
local NC library the easiest way is to click on the Browse Resources tab
across the top and then choose Alphabetic and click on the S to be taken to
the Sanborn Maps link. Under Browse Resources it is also possible to find
under Subject and Type pick Primary Sources. NCLIVE takes you to an E-Z
Search page automatically as a Home page, just click on the Browse tab
Here's a repeat of the other info about Sanborn Maps from my previous
"Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both
public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools
for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers,
genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who
wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American
cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data
that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This
includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape
and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of
windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk
widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.
Seven or eight different editions represent some areas."
Ruth Ann Copley
P.S. Those of you who live in NC: If you find NCLIVE useful, let your
state representatives and senators know how much you appreciate their
continued funding of this wonderful statewide resource. As you know, the
legislature just passed the budget and there was NCLIVE funding included!
>From the NCLIVE web site:
Sanborn Maps for the state of North Carolina provides digital access to
11,173 large-scale maps of 158 North Carolina towns and cities. Users have
the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific
sections, and compare maps from different years.
Ruth Ann Copley
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