Monday, January 07, 2008

Where Are You?

I accomplished a few things this weekend. Two of which you probably won't care about and one that is kind of fun.

First, the two you won't care about, because I need to tell someone and let's face it....you are a captive audience :-)

On Friday I was walking by a TMobile store and decided on a whim to go in and look at the new phones. Next thing I knew, the teenie-bopper salesgirl was handing me my activated, free upgraded phone. I've been stressed out since. My old phone was 7 yrs old. It was blissfully outdated and was not audible when it rang - I happily missed 99.9% of my calls. They were shuttled to voicemail. I am not a big phone talker and this worked well for me. Not so well for anyone trying to reach me. The new phone rings loud. Really loud - even on it's lowest setting. I have to peel myself off of the ceiling after every call. But, it is pink and does have a camera.

With my new phone in pocket, I went and ordered two new roller shades for two of my refurbished upstairs windows. Who knew, first, that roller shades were so hard to find...secondly, that they were so expensive (I'll admit to ordering the upgraded version).....and finally, ordering them was so involved. It took me 45 minutes to order 2 identical shades. I want to use my original vintage roller hardware, so the saleswoman had to call the manufacturer to confirm the new shades would fit. They will arrive in 3 weeks. More on this later.

Finally, I ran across a very fun website for historical maps. They have a search function where you can input your address and it will pull up applicable maps. I found a plat map from the 1940's of my neighborhood. Of course, it's now on my wish list.

Go ahead....do a search of your address....I'm curious to hear what maps others find.

18 comments:

Jennifer said...

Sadly, the Western United States is not well represented... there aren't any for my city! :(

Kassie said...

We got a map from 1892 for our house at an antique store on Hennepin. I can't remember the name, but it is between Franklin and Lake on the East side. They have tons of them.

StuccoHouse said...

Jennifer - Are you sure? The address search shows all states, I think. I thought I also saw all states under the City search. (??)

Kassie - A few years ago I saw the city plat maps (reproduction) at the Arts & Crafts show at the State Fair Grounds. They didn't have the one I needed, but I thought they were very cool, so I was happy to see them again at this place. I'm over in Uptwon quite a bit....I'll have to keep an eye out for the store you mention!

Greg said...

Yep, they had the 1902 Bird's Eye map of Eureka. I've seen this one before, and my house is pretty easy to find on it. It is on the same street as the Carson Mansion (At the left on the map. It looks like government building from it's size) and at the time, my house was the only one on my square block. It even shows the carriage house that is no longer there. This type of Bird's Eye view map were very popular at the time and there is a Library of Congress site that has hundreds of them. I don't remember the URL, but is pretty cool. There are 4 or 5 of Eureka.

denise said...

Bummer, nothing for Illinois either! It seemed like they had maps for all states, but if you go to this page, it shows that they only have 12 or so.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't find anything specific for my house, but there is a beautiful Bird's Eye from 1853 of St. Paul that looks good. Great website find, Stucco.

-Guardian

Teresa said...

Unfortunately they don't have a good selection of Canadian maps. I went through the links to one for the neighbouring county (Wellington) and it brought me to a selection of world maps :(

You should be able to set your cell phone to silent and that way you can still miss all of your calls.

StuccoHouse said...

Okay, it dawned on me that I search for a living, so I may be finding thins that are pretty well buried at that site :-)

Greg - I saw that one too - very nice. How cool is it that you can use a 1902 map to give directions to your friends for your next bbq?!

Denise - The link you gave was for atlas maps that are searchable by address AND gps, so I'd imagine the list was shorter.

Guardian - Bummer - I guess Mpls. was really into the street level drawings - although the only one I found was 1940. The Bird's Eye views are actually my favorites.

Teresa - But *if* thay had maps...your dollar would be stronger than ours and you could buy more :-) Does that make you feel any better?

For those of you having trouble finding your state, this may be a better link for you:

Maps by State

ellipsisknits said...

Very cool.
Our county is on there, and I'm now pretty sure I can find our house on the 1877 map - 23 years older than the rough estimate we were given!
Made my day.

HPH said...

The only map of my area of the country is a 1892 map and the town I grew up in is not on that map. The book, "The Worst Hard Time" states lots were first sold for development there in the late 1900's. I do know the bungalow my dad has lived in since 1958 was built in 1929. It is very interesting noting the 'towns' that are on the map and do not exist now.

Greg said...

If you didn't find your map on the site StuccoHouse listed go here...

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/pmhtml/

and click on "Browse by Geographic Location". There's more than you might think, including several Canadian maps.

Ranty said...

Plates 010A-010B (1940 map) show the space where my house should be... but I can't reconcile the metes & bounds description with the lines on the map and where my house actually sits! So weird.

Have you ever been to the Hennepin History Museum? They have these reeeally old atlases you can browse. The coolest thing is that on the oldest ones, all changes were done by pasting a new paper square (or whatever) over the original house outline. You can sorta see through them, and it's really neat... or at least for houses like mine which have been altered so jarringly from their original form.

StuccoHouse said...

Greg - The Library of Congress also has all of the Sandborn, Fisher & Rascher Insurance Maps.....a very good/bad way to lose a huge bunch of hourse. They are also available from most of the larger state universities. They are oh-so-cool.

The one thing I did like about this site was that you could purchase the maps on very nice paper, if you were so inclined. I'm a bit of an "art" junkie.

Ranty - Can't explain the house thing for you....very mysterious. Have you been to the Minnesota Historical Society website? I have "lost" many an hour searching through their photos of old bungalows....even found some located by me. I actually considered printing some off and drpping them in those homeonwer's mailboxes...before I told myself to step away from the computer :-)

For those in Minnesota....http://www.mnhs.org/collections/map/map.htm

Ellen said...

I couldn't find my house or street at all. There were several "views of St. Paul, MN," though.

I'm glad to see all these links. I have an old plat map of the county I grew up in, and I've been looking for one of Washington County, MN so that Craig and I could have a matched set. I haven't found one yet, but this gives me somewhere to start.

Ryan said...

I found my address on a 1912 plot map (I live in a semi-major city on the west coast) and the lots had been platted out but my house wasn't built until 1925. I also have a copy of the birds eye map drawn of the city in 1905 and in the far corner where there are very few houses and mostly trees you can just make out my street (it's a very distinctive curve so I can usually easily recognize it). I might need to get a copy of the plot map too, it's cool too.

Jayne said...

I found an 1892 birds-eye view map of my town (Lexington, Missouri) which I'd seen before, but not in color, and not such good quality. I'm probably going to order that & see if my house is on it. Nat'l Register folks estimated my house was built in 1885; the neighbors who live in my house's "sister" say 1895. We'll see if our houses are on the 1892 map. Thanks for giving us the link!

Anonymous said...

I actually found a map of my street dating to 1876 and to 1925 but none from 1927 when the house was built. Neat to see who owned my neighbors house in the 1870s and 1902, then 1925. I do however, have an actaul real estate map from April 1950 showing my house and garage. Im in Pittsburgh so I found similar maps through the University of Pittsburgh which shows all the streets with buildings. I think even a map showing the sewer layout which dumped into the river. Andrew

Anonymous said...

you can find the original plat maps at the central library in St. Paul -- downtown St. Paul, the librarians are quite helpful :)

of course you'd have to xerox a copy, not the nice printed ones this company offers

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