1891, 1898 and 1909 Sanborn Maps of Caspar, Mendocino

In the period of these maps the Mill at Caspar was one of the four big mills along the Mendocino Coast (Union Lumber Company in Fort Bragg, the Mill on Big River in Mendocino and the Albion Mill being the other three). Our website page on Caspar tells of the famous log pond and Mill Operations. Heretofore what we didn’t have in the website were detailed maps of Caspar. Sanborn Maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance liability in urbanized areas in the United States. The maps include detailed information about buildings in approximately 12,000 US towns and cities. The Sanborn maps were large-scale lithographed street plans at a scale of 50 feet to one inch (1:600) on 21 by 25 inches (53 by 64 cm) sheets of paper.

My thanks to Club member Joe DuVivier who obtained these maps from the Library of Congress. The files I received were in TIFF format. I have converted them to JPG format and resized them. If you would like copies of the original TIFF files please e-mail me.

Please note that the detail to the left of the heavy black lines “fits” at the top of the right hand section. Double click to enlarge the maps.

Caspar 1891

Caspar 1891

Caspar 1898

Caspar 1898

Caspar 1909

Caspar 1909

Another slice of local history! Thanks Joe.