Maps of Iowa

describes the types of maps available as well as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 99 counties in the State of Iowa.

Maps of Iowa

Our collection of old historical Iowa maps span over 200 years of growth. Most historical maps of Iowa were published in atlases. The Iowa Territory, was organized on June 12, 1838. The State of Iowa was created as the 4th state on December 28, 1846.

Map of Iowa with-the counties and the county seats

Map of Iowa with-the counties and the county seats

States bordering Iowa are are Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Missouri and Wisconsin

Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. The earliest Sanborn Fire Insurance map of Iowa is from 1883.

All fire insurance maps (Sanborn and others) have been compiled into one microfilm collection that is at both branches of the State Historical Society research library, the University of Iowa, and the Library of Congress.

Of the approximately 4,000 Iowa maps included in both locations of the State Historical Society of Iowa library, the Des Moines branch has original plat maps created by the territorial land surveyors.

Current county maps for Iowa can be ordered from the Iowa Department of Transportation. The maps are fairly easy to read, divided by townships and sections, and show highways, railroads, cities and towns, and rivers and streams.

Map of Iowa County Formations 1816-1872

This Interactive Map of Iowa Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Iowa in 1816-1872.

Iowa contains 99 counties.

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Iowa County Formation Years

Iowa Map Abbreviations

  1. unorg. = unorganized
  2. g. = gained
  3. w. = with
  4. fr. = from
  5. atmt. = attachment
  6. exch = exchanged
  7. nca.= non county area
  8. ch. = changed
  9. Adm – Adams
  10. Adr – Adair
  11. Al – Allamakee
  12. Ap – Appanoose
  13. Au – Audubon
  14. Be – Benton
  15. BH – Black Hawk
  16. Bo – Boone
  17. Br – Bremer
  18. Buc – Buchanan
  19. But – Butler
  20. BV – Buena Vista
  21. Cal – Calhoun
  22. Car – Carroll
  23. Cas – Cass
  24. Ced – Cedar
  25. CG – Cerro Gordo
  26. Che – Cherokee
  27. Chi – Chickasaw
  1. Clk – Clarke
  2. Cly – Clay
  3. Cnn – Clinton
  4. Cra – Crawford
  5. Cyn – Clayton
  6. Dal – Dallas
  7. Dav – Davis
  8. Dec – Decatur
  9. Del – Delaware
  10. Di – Dickinson
  11. DM – Des Moines
  12. Du – Dubuque
  13. Em – Emmet
  14. Fa – Fayette
  15. Fl – Floyd
  16. Fra – Franklin
  17. Fre – Fremont
  18. Gre – Greene
  19. Gru – Grundy
  20. Gu – Guthrie
  21. Ham – Hamilton
  22. Han – Hancock
  23. Hdn – Hardin
  24. He – Henry
  25. Ho – Howard
  26. Hsn – Harrison
  1. Hu – Humboldt
  2. Ida – Ida
  3. Io – Iowa
  4. Jac – Jackson
  5. Jas – Jasper
  6. Je – Jefferson
  7. Joh – Johnson
  8. Jon – Jones
  9. Ke – Keokuk
  10. Ko – Kossuth
  11. Lee – Lee
  12. Li – Linn
  13. Lo – Louisa
  14. Lu – Lucas
  15. Ly – Lyon
  16. Mad – Madison
  17. Mah – Mahaska
  18. Mil – Mills
  19. Mit – Mitchell
  20. Mna – Monona
  21. Mrn – Marion
  22. Mro – Monroe
  23. Msl – Marshall
  24. Mty – Montgomery
  25. Mu – Muscatine
  26. OB – O’Brien
  27. Os – Osceola
  1. PA – Palo Alto
  2. Pag – Page
  3. Pl – Plymouth
  4. Poc – Pocahontas
  5. Pol – Polk
  6. Pot – Pottawattamie
  7. Pow – Poweshiek
  8. Rin – Ringgold
  9. Sac – Sac
  10. Sc – Scott
  11. Sh – Shelby
  12. Si – Sioux
  13. St – Story
  14. Tam – Tama
  15. Tay – Taylor
  16. Un – Union
  17. VB – Van Buren
  18. Wap – Wapello
  19. War – Warren
  20. Was – Washington
  21. Way – Wayne
  22. We – Webster
  23. Win – Winnebago
  24. Woo – Woodbury
  25. Wor – Worth
  26. Wr – Wright
  27. Wsk – Winneshiek

Iowa County Map of Road and Highway’s

The Iowa D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of 2016 county road maps. These 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 maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Iowa

This Historical Iowa Map Collection are from original copies so you can see Iowa as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago.

Some Iowa map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Iowa researcher.

External Iowa Map Links