Part Eight ~ Westport Fire Maps

June 18, 2017

 Ready to explore the village of olden days and see if you can find your home, or what used to stand on its spot?  The fire maps of Westport (and most towns) for 1897 indicated which buildings were made of stone, wood or brick and also showed where there were piles of woods, sheds and more.  This would help both insurance companies and fire responders know what they were dealing with in a town.  The maps of 1897 for Westport show a lot of the streets before they were destroyed by fires, and these maps would later be revised in the 1900’s to show the changes that had occurred since they were first created.  The Westport maps have now become public domain, and the link to examine them closer can be found at the website of the Toronto Public Library. Click HERE to be whisked away to the Toronto Public Library site where maps can be viewed on a larger scale.







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