Our investigators and journalists locate and study a huge assortment of maps for a multitude of reasons. We are often employed to verify dates, ownership, geographic features and other matters which can be supported by old family documents and historical official government documents which may include deeds, drawings, sketches and of course, maps.
We also create our own digital maps for various uses. When possible, we like to share all maps and documents with you. Most of the time they will be published without explanation of what we were looking for but they may prove of interest to you.
We have created maps of all Alabama counties and several special purpose maps including a large selection of maps related to Native Americans in Alabama. You can find our maps by searching for them by name and we try to keep the Alabama Maps Index current so check it first.
In addition to our collection of historical maps, we have created maps of some Alabama counties and several special purpose maps. Please remember that our maps normally contain only locations we have personally visited or researched for some reason or other. With this said, you will find points of interest overlooked or ignored by other mapmakers.
1718 Map of Gulf Coast Region
Historical map in possession of Chicago’s Historical Society. The map is titled “PORTION OF DE LISLE’S CARTE DE LOUISIANA, 1718.” Shows (a) De Soto’s wanderings in 1540; (b) La Salle’s landing, his hourney to the interior, and the place of his death; (c) Tonti’s Journey to the Chickasaws; (d) the old forts at Biloxi, on Mobile Bay, and on the Mississippi River Below New Orleans; (e) route of Bienville from Tensas village to Red River.
This image is a map of the state of Alabama by John Melish showing early roads and routes inside Alabama and their extension to the neighboring states. Some of the early roads and routes shown are Natchez Trace, Gaines Road, Jackson’s Military Road, Huntsville Road, Post Road From Natchez, Old Federal Road, Pensacola Road, and Jackson’s Route to the Creek Wars. The map also shows counties, cities, forts, and rivers. “MP 0459” is printed at the lower right corner of the map. The map is a printed copy of an originally handwritten map and is not encapsulated.
Early Roads and Routes in Alabama circa 1800-1839
This image is the property of the Auburn University Libraries and is intended for non-commercial use.
A center of the civil-rights struggle, Dallas County is home to Selma, starting point of the famous Selma to Montgomery March. The county was also the site of Cahaba, the state’s first capital as well as the largest historic district in Alabama.
During the Civil War, the Confederacy constructed Fort Tyler in Chambers County to protect the railroad bridge, wagon bridge, and Confederate supplies in the city of West Point, Georgia, just over the county line. Union forces seized the fort and destroyed the railroad during the Battle of West Point, one of the last battles of the war.
Leighton is located in eastern Colbert County at 34°41′59″N 87°31′51″W (34.699642, -87.530699). The town is concentrated around the intersection of County Line Road (signed as Main Street within town limits) and County Road 22 (“Old Highway 20”), southeast of Muscle Shoals. U.S. Route 72 passes just to the south, and the Tennessee River lies a few miles to the north.
DeKalb County was once a part of the territory occupied by the Cherokee Indian nation. The coming of white men to the county occurred during the American Revolution when a British agent, Alexander Campbell, was sent here for the purpose of arousing the Cherokees against the southern colonies. In 1777, Campbell made his headquarters at Wills Town, a Cherokee Indian village located on Big Wills Creek near the present community of Lebanon. Campbell was successful in arousing a number of the Cherokees by promising them clothing and conquered territory in exchange for the scalps of white settlers.