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« on: April 07, 2010, 03:53:31 pm »
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Where is the best place to find maps from the 1700's showing settlements and trails?  Should I just check local libraries or are there databases and such that I should be aware of.

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2010, 04:06:10 pm »
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       Glad to see you appreciate the importance of maps.   There are database online, which ones would be best would depend in part on where you are and what area you are interested in.   The best source of maps is also going to depend on the answer to those questions and on whether you want to actually own the map or not.  Depending upon where you are, the local library may or may not be a good choice.  If you live close to a major university, it is often a better source.

        If you want to be a little more specific about what area you are interested in, we can see what sites might be able to help you.   (The Library of Congress is a good starting point for US maps).

         And if you want to buy, ebay is actually a pretty good source for maps---either individually or compiled on cd by state

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2010, 04:22:08 pm »
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Well I actually attend a major university - Penn State.  I was going to look in our libraries first.  I was looking to do some research and plan a few trips throughout Pennsylvania for this summer.

I never even would have thought about ebay, I appreciate your response!
Also, it is not important that I own the maps, I just would like them for reference material.  My main goal is to find historical coins.  I have family members who are avid coin collectors and I would like a few interesting items to show them.

I also considered doing some writing while I was hunting so it would be interesting to find a few routes of historical significance.  If I could follow these routes looking for targets while re-living a bit of the history of the area.  That would be ideal. 

Thanks again for your help

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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2010, 04:26:46 pm »
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Here are some links you can start with (the second may be especially helpful);

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Well I actually attend a major university - Penn State.  I was going to look in our libraries first.  I was looking to do some research and plan a few trips throughout Pennsylvania for this summer.

I never even would have thought about ebay, I appreciate your response!
Also, it is not important that I own the maps, I just would like them for reference material.  My main goal is to find historical coins.  I have family members who are avid coin collectors and I would like a few interesting items to show them.

I also considered doing some writing while I was hunting so it would be interesting to find a few routes of historical significance.  If I could follow these routes looking for targets while re-living a bit of the history of the area.  That would be ideal. 

Thanks again for your help


Seeing as you are in the USA, find some old road maps that were printed prior to 1963. Believe it or not, gas stations used to give them away free back then. You'll find them in garage sales, estate sales and on eBay. Compare them to modern road maps and you can tell which roads are the oldest, or at least old enough to have silver and older coins. Parks along those roads or hiking trails will provide you with endless opportunity to find what you seek.

Remember your old pal GD when you find a big jar of gold coins. Ok?

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