I was looking back in the archives and realized that February 10th, 2016 will be Lost Monongahela’s 8th birthday! It all began with this post about the D.E. Gamble grain elevator on 7th street. Back then online information about Monongahela history was sparse. The best resource I had at the time was the Historical Magazine Of Monongahela’s Old Home Coming Week: Sept. 6-15, 1908. This magazine is still a helpful but what if you want to find out something related to “chickens in Monongahela in 1891”? Well, you had to walk down to the Monongahela Area Library and look through a years worth of Daily Republican microfilms. It’s great having this resource in town but the problem is that you can’t perform a boolean word search on microfilm. However, in 2016 you can slake your thirst for chicken related information on Newspapers.com in less than a minute:
Just as significant is how much better the map offerings are online. This is an example of the map quality you would typically find back in 2008:
Compare that to the same map now available from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
The Caldwell Atlas is another wonderful resource but imagine how exciting it would be if you could find maps dating back to 1885 showing the following information for each building in Monongahela:
Well to find out you’ll want to check back tomorrow to see how to use Sanborn insurance maps from 1886, 1895, 1900, 1905, 1910, 1918 and 1956 to show how the property at 5th and Main Streets evolved over the years. See you tomorrow and
*edit* March 9, 2016 – sorry for the delay. I’ll have a new post about using Sanborn Insurance maps up sometime this week.