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Maps of Pennsylvania are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old Pennsylvania maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.
Our collection of Pennsylvania maps includes many different historic and modern types of maps. The maps date from the 17th century to the present and include:
- Pennsylvania Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
- Pennsylvania Road, Highway and railroad maps
- Pennsylvania Maps showing the state’s geological features
- Pennsylvania Nautical charts
- Pennsylvania timeline of county boundaries changes
- Pennsylvania Military maps
- Pennsylvania Maps of specific towns, counties, islands, harbors, and bodies of water
- Colonial era maps of Pennsylvania
- Bird’s eye views of Pennsylvania cities and towns
Historical Maps of Pennsylvania are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Pennsylvania Maps are vital historical evidence but must be interpreted cautiously and carefully.
Most of the courthouses in Pennsylvania can supply maps of county roads. Manuscript collections, county histories, and county atlases also contain older Pennsylvania maps. Some of those collections can be found in the following locations: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Library, Free Library of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Library at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State Archives.
City directories sometimes contain maps of those cities. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission also has a useful map available to researchers. That map shows how the counties developed in the Commonwealth.
Warrantee maps from 24 Pennsylvania counties are available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, and copies can also be found in each county recorder of deeds office, as well as at the Pennsylvania State Library.
Old Historical Atlas Maps of Pennsylvania
This Historical Pennsylvania Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of Pennsylvania were published in atlases and spans over 350 years of growth for the state.
Some Pennsylvania maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the Pennsylvania researcher.
Jeffery’s 1776 Map of the Provinces of New York and New Jersey with part of Pennsylvania
Jeffery’s 1776 State Map of Pennsylvania exhibiting not only the Improved Parts of that Province, but also its Extensive Frontiers
Carey’s 1795 State Map of Pennsylvania reduced with permission from Reading Howell’s Map
Arrowsmith’s 1804 State Map of Pennsylvania
Carey’s 1814 State Map of Pennsylvania
Carey’s 1822 Geographical, Historical and Statistical State Map of Pennsylvania
Finley’s 1827 State Map of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey
Tanner’s 1836 State Map Of Pennsylvania with its Canals, Rail-Roads & Distances from Place to Place along the Stage Roads
Morse’s 1845 State Map of Pennsylvania
Colton’s 1856 State Map of Pennsylvania
Colton’s 1856 City Map of Philadelphia
Colton’s 1856 City Map of Pittsburgh and Allegheny PA with parts of adjacent boroughs with the City of Cincinnati OH
Mitchell’s 1880 State and County Map of Pennsylvania with Harrisburg, Williamsport, Erie and Scranton
Mitchell’s 1880 City Map of Philadelphia and Camden
Map of Pennsylvania County Formations 1673-1878
This Interactive Map of Pennsylvania Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the Pennsylvania territory in 1673 to 1878.
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Pennsylvania County Maps of Road and Highway’s
The Pennsylvania 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.
External Pennsylvania Map Resources
- Old Historical Maps of Pennsylvania (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- Pennsylvania Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers (ancestry.com)
- U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (ancestry.com)
- Library of Congress Pennsylvania Map Collections (loc.gov)
- Old Maps of Pennsylvania (old-maps.com)
- Pennsylvania Antique Maps and Historical Atlases (historicmapworks.com)
- Historical Pennsylvania State Maps (mapsofthepast.com)
- Antique Maps of Pennsylvania (raremaps.com)
- Pennsylvania Map Books (amazon.com)