Maps of Missouri

Missouri cities, towns and counties grew rapidly from the mid-1800s as people moved west. Mapmakers used various mapping techniques to give us a glimpse into the political, cultural, and economical life of these communities.
St. Louis plat map, 1804
Plat maps, showing buildings and homes, were popular in the 1800s. This 1804 map of St. Louis also includes names of some early land owners.

Political maps show ward boundaries

Mapmakers used colors and shapes on political maps to indicate ward boundaries and incorporated land areas.

Topographc maps show shape of the land
Other mapmakers created topographic or 'topo' maps to show how hills, riverbeds, and valleys impacted on the growth of the city and the building of roads and railroads.
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