State & County Maps of Arizona

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

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

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

Arizona Map Collections

The Arizona State Archives contains about 32,000 Arizona maps, dating from the 1860s to the present. The Map Collection focuses primarily on Arizona from the territorial period 1864 to the present. Some of the collection includes:

  • Commercial and government maps of the territory and state
  • County and city maps dating from the 1890s
  • Historic topographic maps
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance maps on microfilm
  • Maps showing irrigation and urban development of the Salt River Valley
  • U.S. forest maps from 1909 to the present
  • Land grant maps from the 1880s
  • Land ownership maps of Maricopa County (1903 – 1929)
  • Railroad right-of-way maps and highway maps.
  • Selected pre-1864 maps of the U.S. Southwest and Mexico
  • 17th and 18th century maps of North America.
  • Aerial photography for the Phoenix area is available from 1958 to 1997
  • Plat maps for Maricopa County (Books 1 – 99)
  • Plat maps for Pinal County (Books 1 – 21)

The collection also houses maps distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program and serves as the Regional Federal map collection. The Library of Congress has selected historic Arizona maps including

All the Sanborn maps of Arizona are on microfilm at the Arizona State Archives. County and city maps in various sizes may be purchased from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Map collections are also found at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The Arizona Historical Society lists several thousand maps from the Spanish era to the present.

The United States Geological Survey has a large map library in Flagstaff that is open for research and is located at the USGS Library.

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

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Arizona

This Historical Arizona Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of Arizona were published in atlases and spans over 150 years of growth for the state.

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

1866 Map of Arizona and New Mexico Public Survey Sketches

  • Map Title:  Map of Arkansas. Department of the Interior, General Land Office, October 2nd 1866
  • Map Date: 1866
  • Map Locations: Arizona and New Mexico
  • Map Description: .
  • Map Publication: Maps accompanying Report of the commissioner of the General Land Office.
  • Map Notes: Map in outline color. Relief shown by hachures. Shows land grant railroads, seats of land offices, and coal regions ( shown in gray).
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: United States. General Land Office.

Mitchell’s 1880 State and County Map of Arizona and New Mexico

  • Map Title:  State and County Map of Arizona and New Mexico
  • Map Date: 1880 (Entered 1879)
  • Map Locations: Arizona and New Mexico
  • Map Description:
  • Map Notes:
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. (1827-1901)

Map of Arizona County Formations 1852-1983

This Interactive Map of Arizona Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the Arizona territory in 1852 to 1983.

Arizona County Maps of Road and Highway’s

The Arizona Department of Transportation has prepared a series of county road maps free online. These Arizona 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 Arizona maps are Free to downloade are in PDF format.

External Arizona Map Resources

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