State & County Maps of Alabama

Maps of Alabama are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old Alabama maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.

Our collection of Alabama maps includes many different historic and modern types of maps. The maps date from the 19th century to the present and include:

State Map of Alabama with the counties and the county seats
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State Map of Alabama with the counties and the county seats
  • Alabama Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
  • Alabama Road, Highway and railroad maps
  • Alabama Maps showing the state’s geological features
  • Alabama Nautical charts
  • Alabama timeline of county boundaries changes
  • Alabama Military maps
  • Alabama Maps of specific towns, counties, islands, harbors, and bodies of water
  • Territorial era maps of Alabama
  • Bird’s eye views of Alabama cities and towns

Historical Maps of Alabama are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Alabama Maps are vital historical evidence but must be interpreted cautiously and carefully.

Alabama Map Collections

Several books of Alabama maps exist for locations, named places, and boundaries. States bordering Alabama are FloridaGeorgiaMississippi and Tennessee.

All of Alabama has been mapped in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Alabama.

These topographic quadrangle maps show selected artificial and natural features, as well as, the shape and elevation of features. Features include state, county, and municipal boundary lines; townships, ranges, roads, railroads, and buildings; and mountains, valleys, streams, and rivers.

The earliest survey maps for Alabama are dated from 1901. Modern maps are indexed at the USGS website.

Another important series of maps for incorporated municipalities is the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. These maps include 110 Alabama communities that date from 1884 to 1950. The maps indicate street names, property boundaries, building use, and, in some cases, property owners.

Originals are available in the Library of Congress and in the University of Alabama LibraryAlabama Department of Archives and History, Auburn University in Auburn, University of Alabama, Samford University, Mobile Public Library, and Birmingham Public Library. Descriptive annotations, as well as, detailed physical descriptions add to the usefulness of the list.

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Alabama

This Historical Alabama Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of Alabama were published in atlases and spans over 200 years of growth for the state.

Some Alabama maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the Alabama researcher.

Remember, Alabama was at one-time part of Georgia and the Mississippi Territory before becoming a state.

1804 Atlas Map of the Mississippi Territory

  • Map Date: 1804
  • Map Locations: Alabama, Mississippi
  • Map Publication: Arrowsmith & Lewis’s New and Elegant Atlas, comprising all the new discoveries, to the present time.
  • Map Cartographer: Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) & Samuel Lewis

1812 Atlas Map of the Mississippi Territory

  • Map Date: 1812
  • Map Locations: Alabama, Mississippi
  • Map Publication: Arrowsmith & Lewis’s New and Elegant Atlas, comprising all the new discoveries, to the present time.
  • Map Cartographer: Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) & Samuel Lewis

Carey’s 1814 Atlas Map of Mississippi Territory

  • Map Date: 1814
  • Map Locations: Alabama, Mississippi
  • Map Publication: Carey’s General Atlas, Improved And Enlarged; Being A Collection Of Maps Of The World And Quarters, Their Principal Empires, Kingdoms, &c
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea

Carey’s 1818 Map of the Alabama and Mississippi Territories

  • Map Date: 1818
  • Map Locations: Alabama, Mississippi
  • Map Publication: Carey’s General Atlas, Improved And Enlarged; Being A Collection Of Maps Of The World And Quarters, Their Principal Empires, Kingdoms, &c
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Mathew Carey

Carey’s 1822 Geographical, Statistical and Historical State Map of Alabama

  • Map Date: 1822
  • Map Locations: Alabama
  • Map Publication: A Complete Historical, Chronological, And Geographical American Atlas, Being A Guide To The History Of North And South America, And The West Indies … To The Year 1822.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey & Isaac Lea

Lucas’s 1823 State Map Of Alabama

  • Map Date: 1823
  • Map Locations: Alabama
  • Map Publication: A General Atlas Containing Distinct Maps Of all the Known Countries in the World, Constructed from the Latest Authority.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Fielding Lucas Jr
1827 Map of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi
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Finley’s 1827 State Map of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi

  • Map Date: 1827
  • Map Locations: Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Map Publication: A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, Philadelphia, 1827.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Anthony Finley (1784 – 1836)

Tanner’s 1836 State Map of Alabama

  • Map Date: 1836 (Entered 1833)
  • Map Locations: Alabama
  • Map Publication: A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Schenck Tanner (1786–1858)
1845 State Map of Alabama
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Morse’s 1845 State Map of Alabama

  • Map Date: 1842 (Entered 1842)
  • Map Locations: Alabama
  • Map Publication: Morse’s North American atlas. Containing the following beautifully colored maps
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871 ) and Samuel Breese (1802-1873)
1856 State Map of Alabama
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Colton’s 1856 State Map of Alabama

  • Map Date: 1856 (Entered 1855)
  • Map Locations: Alabama
  • Map Publication: Colton’s Atlas Of The World, Illustrating Physical And Political Geography.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893)

1866 State Map of Alabama Public Survey Sketches by the Department of Interior Land Office

  • Map Date: October 2nd 1866
  • Map Locations: Alabama
  • Map Publication: Maps accompanying Report of the commissioner of the General Land Office.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: United States. General Land Office.

Mitchell’s 1880 State and County Map of Alabama and Georgia with City of Savannah and City of Atlanta

  • Map Date: 1880 (Entered 1879)
  • Map Locations: Alabama, Georgia, City of Savannah and City of Atlanta
  • Map Publication: Mitchell’s New General Atlas
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. (1827-1901)

Map of Alabama County Formations 1818-1980

This Interactive Map of Alabama Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the Alabama territory in 1818 to 1980.

Alabama County Maps of Road and Highway’s

The Alabama Highway Department has prepared a series of 2011 county road maps free online. These Alabama road maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps.

In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. These Alabama maps are Free to downloade are in PDF format.

External Alabama Map Resources

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