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1924 Houston Sanborn Map: Section 4

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1924 Houston Sanborn Map: Section 4

After looking at the 1896 and 1907 Sanborn Maps of the section and the block that contained W. L. Macatee and Sons Building Materials I then wanted to look ahead to see where the company went, at least in terms of location. What I discovered is that they were still in business and in the same location as they were 17 years earlier in 1907. This provided an indication of the longevity of the company.

CitationHouston 1924- Sheet 4. 1924. 50 feet to 1 inch. Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970. Web.

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1896 Houston Sanborn Map: Section 7

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1896 Houston Sanborn Map: Section 7

This section is the same as the area that I looked at in the 1907 Houston Sanborn Map. I looked at the 1896 Houston Sanborn Map to discover what had changed in section 9 (1907; 7 in 1896) over the 10 years between the creation of the two maps. I discovered that the Street Railroad Co. and the Gas Co. decreased in size from 1896 to 1907 and that the Carriage Factory and Freight House were created in the 10 years between the maps. More importantly to my research; W. L. Macatee and Sons Building Materials was not located on the same site in 1896 as it was in 1907. This caused me to wonder if the company was created during the 10 year gap period or if it moved from a different location during that period.

CitationHouston 1896 Vol. 1- Sheet 7. 1896. 50 feet to 1 inch. “Insurance maps of Houston Texas 1896″. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – Texas (1877-1922). Web.

1907 Houston Sanborn Map: Section 9

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1907 Houston Sanborn Map: Block 9

This is the 9th section of the 1907 Houston Sanborn Map. This was the starting point and base of my research. This section was intriguing because it contains railroad tracks, which were a major player in the development of Houston and a huge part of its economy. Furthermore, the Houston Gas Co. is located right next to the Houston Street Railroad Co. and they are both connected by a railroad track which shows their interdependence on each other. Both of these industries were crucial in Houston’s development, especially during this period. Other interesting features in this section are the Carriage Factory and the Freight House, along with the Globe Hotel and Palace Hotel. However, I became most interested by the W. L. Macatee & Sons Building Material building on block 10 in the center of the map.

CitationHouston 1907 Vol. 1- Sheet 9 [map]. 1907. 50 feet to 1 inch. “Insurance maps of Houston Texas Volume One 1907″. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – Texas (1877-1922). Web.

1907 Houston Sanborn Map Key

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1907 Houston Sanborn Map Key

This the 1907 Houston Sanborn Map key page and this is where my research began. In our small groups we were set to the task of picking one block to focus on. My team chose block 9. This decision was made based on the number of hotels, industrial complexes, and businesses that were present within the block. These features will be detailed further in the zoomed in map of our blocks.

CitationHouston 1907 Vol. 1- Key [map]. 1907. 50 feet to 1 inch. “Insurance maps of Houston Texas Volume One 1907″. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – Texas (1877-1922). Web.