Sanborn Insurance Maps

Explore Historic Landmarks

Uncover the magic of the past with historic large-scale street plans and maps for Ohio from 1882 to 1962.

  • See a snapshot of your hometown as it existed in the past.
  • Find old businesses or streets that no longer exist.
  • Discover where your family and ancestors grew up.

What You Get

  • Over 40,000 very detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962
  • Information about the construction of major buildings
  • Large-scale plans of Ohio cities and towns, created by fire insurance companies to assess risk
  • Ability to zoom in on details, print portions or download
  • and more...

Where do you call home? Discover your city in another place and time.

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