27 September 2005
The cupboard was bare
So until I can think of something I feel like saying, well, consider it your turn.
This will remain open at least through the weekend, barring catastrophe, an invasion of idiots, or any other event I think justifies shutting off the spigot.
Posted at 7:22 PM to Blogorrhea
Thanks for coming by my weblog and for trying to help me with my permalinks. Could you email the code to me? Sorry Haloscan didn't cooperate.
Here comes an idiot!
I resent that!
You sent it first, then you resent it?
Is the Adams Engineering Co.'s April, 1935, "Map of Oklahoma City Oklahoma" worth circulating? This is a plat map, with the names of tract owners and platted additions lettered apparently by hand. Street-car lines, railroads, watercourses, lakes, parks, and other features are shown, but there is no legend. The map is full-folio size, on Permanized Opaque Bond Rag Content, but there are some breaks in the paper. The area covered extends from Wilshire Blvd. to S. 59th and from Portland Ave. to 2 miles east of Kelley Ave. Street names and nos. are shown. Photo-enlargement makes it much easier to read.
A James C. Adams 1954 "Oklahoma City and Vicinity Map," also full-folio, is less elegant, but easier to read. It is a street map "Compiled for Policemen, Postmen, Firemen,
Cab & Bus Drivers . . ." and includes an index of "All Commercial Buildings Hospitals ... [sic] Hotels and Streets." This map area extends from N. 122nd to S. 73rd and from Council Rd. to Sooner Rd. Railroads are shown. The paper is heavier, but has breaks, and there is no watermark. It sold for 35c.
Hey Ben, If you are up to scanning those maps I would appreciate a copy of it. Let me know something, I have been looking for some things along this line.
Nineteen fifty-four being before the big annexation push, I'd say these documents are of considerable value to local historians.
Each map is too large for my scanner (Dell A940). I should test scanning a portion and sending to my other e-address. I've not had success in scanning and sending photos.
Is there a best repository for the maps that would also supply or make a copy? I gave the state Historical Society a collection of City or State Symphony programs that Aline Jean Treanor (OPUBCO) said would better have been left with the city or county society, to make them more available; but now, isn't the whole city/county collection locked up?
Some items noted: While N. 1st St. became Park, and N. 2nd, Robt. S. Kerr, the named streets just to the S. of Reno became numbered after 1935, but before 1954. Thus, S. 2nd through S. 8th replaced Washington, Noble, Chickasaw, Pottowatomie [sic], Frisco, Choctaw [Union Station was built on Choctaw], and a barely existent Tena (or Canal).
S. 9th through S. 22nd replaced names already obsolescent (indicated by parentheses) in 1935, these being Pine, Cedar or Wheeler, Maple, Elm or East Exchange or Cooke, Hickory, Oak, Ash or Dunham or Central St., Pearl or Jones, Nelson or Delane, Morgan or Wadsworth, Sycamore or Victoria, Catalpa or Pottenger or Muller, Locust or Patrick [or others], and Poplar or Reding or Bradford. Some of these are still recognized in the 1954 index.
The series from S. 23rd through S. 35th bore the titles (again obsolescent in 1935) Avenue A through Avenue M; Avenue C (S. 25th) is also Commerce. The next street to the S. of S. 35th is Grand Blvd.
There are many name variations in addition to the ones cited. Developers interpolated streets, thus reducing lot sizes, and extra names were supplied, esp. between S. 10th and S. 22nd and when at a distance from Robinson Ave. Irregularities are common.
I've successfully stitched together partial scans of documents before, but it's a genuine pain in the neck, not to mention whichever wrist controls the mouse.