Scrapbook Friday: Insurance Map Edition

We return once again to the Painesdale Mine and Shaft archives to take a look at the Champion Mine in all its former glory. One of the more important artifacts I uncovered during my search was a large fire insurance map of the Champion Mine, drawn primarily to show the mine’s water services. But in addition to the mine’s water lines, reservoirs, tanks, and hydrants the map also provides a detail view of the mine’s surface structures and rail lines.

The map originally also showcased the neighboring town of Painesdale as well, but for use in my DVD I only scanned the portions relating to the mine itself. (so you’ll notice a large missing section in the full sized map) Also missing is the map’s key, which corresponds with the various numbers seen scrawled across the map. Because of this omission I’ve augmented the original map with labels denoted the identity of the various structures – based off of Sanborn insurance maps from the same era.

*special thanks to Craig Aldinger for his help cleaning up the original scans in Photoshop

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  1. Completely unrelated to this post, but the photo of the dredge and reclamation plant at the top of the scrapbook page is great!!!

  2. Mike,
    Thanks for the credit on the image cleanup; one thing wrong, I don’t use Photoshop, I use digiKam as I’ve been running Ubuntu Linux since 2006, free software just plain works!

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