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Fire Insurance maps

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 7, 2018

Fire Insurance maps are amazing tools for house and neighborhood history, showing street details and types of building material used. MNHS has more than 950 Insurance maps and atlases for Minnesota towns and cities (1870s-1970s), as well as online access to digital versions in our Reading Room.