Monthly Archives: July 2017

Researching property history in Arizona, Part 4: Plat Maps

(This is Part 4 of a series written by Research Library team member Chris Seggerman. Read Part 1. Read Part 2. Read Part 3. Read Part 5.) What does a neighborhood look like before it exists? How do blank square-mile sections fill with ordered rows … Continue reading

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Researching property history in Arizona, Part 3: The Lost Cities of State Highway Department Maps

(This is Part 3 of a series written by Research Library team member Chris Seggerman. Read Part 1. Read Part 2.  Read Part 4.  Read Part 5.) These days, we take for granted that the Valley of the Sun contains a megalopolis: Not just … Continue reading

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Researching property history in Arizona, Part 2: Maricopa County Land Ownership Maps

(This is Part 2 of a series written by Research Library team member Chris Seggerman. Read Part 1. Read Part 3. Read Part 4.  Read Part 5.) Phoenix sprawls: Practically from the Bradshaws to the Sierra Estrella and South Mountain, from the White … Continue reading

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Researching property history in Arizona

Phoenix renews: that’s built into the name. The city’s ashes, both figurative and sometimes literal, surround us. You don’t have to look far to see such traces. Clues abound: An empty lot has a barren sidewalk and foundation flanked by … Continue reading

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