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North Carolina Maps: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

The Sanborn Maps in North Carolina is an online color map collection of commercial and industrial districts of towns and cities in North America. These online maps show bird's eye views of built structures, with information about dimensions, height, and material type that assisted fire insurance companies in setting rates and terms.
North Carolina Maps features online all of UNC-Chapel Hill's North Carolina Sanborn maps produced through 1922.

Browse maps by county or city. Includes Gaston County maps for Belmont, Cherryville, Gastonia, and Mount Holly.
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Sanborn Maps - Library of Congress

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Library of Congress. The online checklist also contains links to existing digital images from the stored collection and will be updated as new images are added.

NOTE: The existing digital images only make up a small portion of the indexed collection.

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The Library of Congress has digital images for some North Carolina Fire Insurance Maps including Gaston County. You can search by state for other available Sanborn maps. The Library of Congress also has a key to the codes and colors you will see on these Sanborn maps.

Gaston County / The Sanborn Map Company.

NC LIve: ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition - North Carolina

ProQuest Digital Sanborn Maps provides free digital access to large-scale black and white Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of North Carolina towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates. This database is available through with a current library card number.
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The following black and white Gastonia Sanborn maps are available in, but are NOT available in North Carolina Maps:

  • Gastonia April 1930
  • Gastonia April 1930 (November 1942)
  • Gastonia March 1930
  • Gastonia March 1930 (February 1950)

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina provides an online digital collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of South Carolina that you can search by keyword or browse by city, county, or year.

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