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Historic official state maps online
« on: August 12, 2011, 04:25:51 PM »

(This might be a good topic to sticky.)
The following are sources for official state map scans, many on the DOT websites:
*Alabama: http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/stateroads/index.html (also 1927 and county maps)
*Arizona: http://www.aaroads.com/west/maps/ http://www.arizonaroads.com/maps/index.html http://azdot.gov/docs/default-source/planning/cultural_good_roads_everywhere.pdf (starting on p. 139)
*Arkansas: http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/archived_tourist_maps.aspx (also 1936 and other county maps)
*California: http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search?q=caltrans&sort=Date
*Colorado: https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B252DVeCESYEc1FMZjRrdmhSdzQ/edit
*Connecticut: http://emuseum.chs.org:8080/emuseum/ (assorted years)
*Delaware: http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/index.shtml
*Florida: http://www.dot.state.fl.us/surveyingandmapping/documentsandpubs/aerial_years.pdf (county maps) (also http://ufdc.ufl.edu/mapfl - better-quality but some counties are missing)
*Georgia: http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/maps/Pages/StateMaps.aspx
*Idaho: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zacharymaillard/sets/72157607101372379/ (reasonable selection back to 1947), http://apps.itd.idaho.gov/apps/lri/LR_MapIndex.aspx (county maps back to 1962), http://itd.idaho.gov/highways/roadwaydata/RTFMaps/index.html (traffic flow maps back to 1959)
*Illinois: http://gis.dot.illinois.gov/HistoricalMapViewer/ (Silverlight); http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/search/collection/isl9 (alternate presentation)
*Indiana: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/images/splash.htm?scope=images/VAC3073 ; http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=1002214 (1917-1932)
*Iowa: http://www.iowadot.gov/maps//msp/historical/transmaps.htm
*Kansas: http://www.ksdot.org/burtransplan/maps/HistoricStateMaps.asp (county maps)
*Kentucky: http://transportation.ky.gov/Planning/Pages/Historical-Maps.aspx (state and county maps); http://www.uky.edu/maps/ghm1950/ (1950 county maps); http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytravelphotos/4285912504/ (1930; incomplete)
*Maryland (scans provided by MDSHA): http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Road_maps_of_Maryland
*Minnesota: http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Fmdt
*Mississippi: http://mdot.ms.gov/documents/planning/index.php?dir=Maps/State%20Highway%20Maps%20Archive
*Missouri: http://www.modot.org/historicmaps/index.htm (also 1923, 1924)
*Montana: http://www.mdt.mt.gov/photogallery/photolist.shtml#maps and ftp://ftp.mdt.mt.gov/mapping/HISTORIC_MAPS/ (also http://archive.org/details/9129DADE-F4CE-4E5F-B738-CF4031B90BD3 is a little blurry but has a few that aren't on the MDT site; http://archive.org/search.php?query=montana%20highway%20map may also have a few more)
*Nebraska: http://www.dor.state.ne.us/maps/#antique (only five editions available)
*Nevada: http://www.nevadadot.com/Traveler_Info/Maps/Historical_Maps.aspx (state and county maps) (also 1971 quad maps) (better quality state maps)
*New Mexico: http://rgis.unm.edu/browsedata (choose NMDOT/Historic Maps on the left)
*North Carolina: http://www.ncdot.org/travel/mappubs/statetransportationmap/#history (also county maps) (other state and county maps)
*Ohio: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx
*Oklahoma: http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/maps/state/archive-a.htm (also traffic count maps)
*Oregon: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOMETRONICS/ROW_Eng/HistoryHighwaysOregon/BiennialCollectionMaps.pdf (1918-1960, internal maps showing highway numbers only) (also 1961-1979, 1980-1999, 2001-2005, and a detailed history of the highways)
*Pennsylvania: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/internet/bureaus/pdplanres.nsf/infobprcartomapsinpdfanddjvu?openform (state and county maps)
*South Carolina: http://library.sc.edu/digital/collections/scrm.html (county maps)
*Texas: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/apps/arc/maps/ (state and county maps; check 'image' and search for 'highway'); http://texashistory.unt.edu/search/
*Vermont: http://vtransplanning.vermont.gov/maps/archive (mostly county and town maps); also ftp://vtransmap.aot.state.vt.us/Maps/Publications/Maps/MeetingRoomMaps/Vintage_1949_1968.pdf and ftp://vtransmaps.vermont.gov/Maps/Publications/Historical/1927Doc_full.pdf
*Virginia: http://digitool1.lva.lib.va.us:8881/R/BQMV91RVBBJGP41886TECQ4VVBTXPP3SJX9U3696FTR2JBIVE7-00753?func=search (1936 county maps)
*Washington: http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/maps.aspx (only a few years available; choose 'highway' in the second dropdown)
*Wyoming: http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/Archives/Maps.aspx (state and county maps; search for 'highway')
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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011, 04:39:13 PM »

Thanks for posting this, this looks like a great bunch of material to look at.  You're probably going to keep me from getting some yard work done today!

Your link to the detailed highway history of Oregon doesn't work, though.  Here's the correct link:

http://egov.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOMETRONICS/ROW_Eng/HistoryHighwaysOregon/HSHO.pdf
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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011, 10:38:26 PM »

Add Minnesota to the list:
http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Fmdt

Mn/DOT scanned their archives (minus two editions) for the Minnesota Digital Library. If I ever get around to playing in an image editor to stitch the two files together, I have most of the old Michigan maps in electronic form that were scanned by the Library of Michigan. (The maps were larger than the drum scanner, so they had to get them to me in two passes each.) I can legally put pre-1958 online since the Michigan State Highway Department didn't copyright their maps before that year.)
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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011, 10:41:18 PM »

Your link to the detailed highway history of Oregon doesn't work, though.  Here's the correct link:

http://egov.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOMETRONICS/ROW_Eng/HistoryHighwaysOregon/HSHO.pdf
My link was fine, but the forum software borks FTP links. It may be an older version anyway; changing to yours.

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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011, 11:59:04 PM »

Actually, it seems the forum software (now?) handles FTP links, but they have to be identified using a FTP tag instead of the URL tag despite the fact that both HTTP and FTP locators are URLs.

ftp://ftp.odot.state.or.us
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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2011, 04:59:40 PM »

Added Arkansas state maps.

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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2011, 06:32:38 PM »

Nevada Historical Maps are also hosted online by the Mary B. Ansari Map Library, a unit of the DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. These are at much better quality when zooming on detail. The most recent edition hosted is the 2005-2006 map.
http://www.delamare.unr.edu/maps/digitalcollections/nvmaps/highway.html
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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2011, 01:02:03 AM »

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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2011, 01:04:34 AM »

Here's Iowa: http://www.iowadot.gov/maps//msp/historical/transmaps.htm
Nice. That's at least a third of the states with good temporal coverage.

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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011, 04:03:36 PM »

North Carolina has one from each decade at its NCDOT site: http://www.ncdot.org/travel/mappubs/statetransportationmap/
Also at NCDOT's website are several different years of county map atlases from 1930-68 http://www.ncdot.org/travel/statemapping/default.html#county_maps

Both links, scroll to bottom of page.

Many other official maps and county map sets back to 1938 are available here: http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/ncmaps/?CISOROOT=/ncmaps

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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2011, 10:12:28 PM »

The TX site has changed slightly.  It's now: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/apps/arc/maps/

The same instructions about clicking 'image' and searching for 'highway' still work.
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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2011, 08:38:54 PM »

Larry Hoenig has a very fine website featuring covers of Michigan's Official Highway Maps:
http://michiganhwymaps.com   :coffee:
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2011, 08:53:17 PM »

Covers? Bleh.

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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2012, 07:37:56 PM »

The Virginia link seems to have died. Anyone have a new link?

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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2012, 09:30:20 PM »

No CT?  :no:
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Re: Historic official state maps online
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2012, 07:15:50 AM »

The Virginia link seems to have died. Anyone have a new link?

They upgraded their delivery system for this.  Here is the new link:

http://digitool1.lva.lib.va.us:8881/R/BQMV91RVBBJGP41886TECQ4VVBTXPP3SJX9U3696FTR2JBIVE7-00753?func=search

Click on search, enter the county you want, then in the "select collection" pulldown choose map collection.

They did not add any of the missing 1936 maps to the collection...still about 80% of the counties covered.

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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2012, 09:10:45 PM »

Cool, added.

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« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2012, 11:24:15 AM »

Good links NE 2.  It shows my plugins are out of date, and that I need to update.
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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2013, 10:45:51 AM »

Found an official site for Illinois: http://gis.dot.illinois.gov/HistoricalMapViewer/
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« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2013, 04:05:09 PM »

I don't know if there's anything useful here that's not on the other maps, but Oklahoma also has traffic count maps going back to 1937: http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/aadtcnt/Default.aspx?list=staticMaps

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« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2013, 05:29:40 PM »

I don't know if there's anything useful here that's not on the other maps, but Oklahoma also has traffic count maps going back to 1937: http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/aadtcnt/Default.aspx?list=staticMaps

Wow, good for them for putting so much historical material online.
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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2013, 05:49:50 PM »

Does anyone know of any for Indiana?
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« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2013, 07:31:42 PM »

Here's a couple from Washington:

http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/maps.aspx

Just select "Highways" from the second drop-down menu.
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