Combined Sanborn Maps

The Aberdeen Area History project has a sizable exhibit of historical maps, overlaid on current street maps or satellite imagery. The most recent page added combines the two Aberdeen Sanborn maps in our collection, allowing you to contrast the growing and changing city.

The corner of 1st and Lincoln, showing City Hall and Fire Department in 1912, and the Municipal Building in 1929.

The corner of 1st and Lincoln, showing City Hall and Fire Department in 1912, and the Municipal Building (cut off at bottom of image) in 1929.

Take a look around Aberdeen on the map, and be sure to zoom in to see the building details. The sliders on the left hand side of the page can fade the map in or out to compare.

Read more about Sanborn Maps in this blog post.

1950’s Aberdeen in Video

Thanks to a generous donation of some home movies, we have video footage of Aberdeen from the 1950’s. This is the first video content added, and it’s incredible to watch life in our town play out from nearly 60 years ago.

We have a short clip of a passenger train arriving at the depot, with passengers waiting in between the train cars.

Next, the Aberdeen Pheasants baseball team is practicing on the field where NSU’s Barnett Center currently resides.

Lastly, there are two longer videos of Gypsy Day Parades. These are a bit larger, so we’ll link to the pages for them. 1953 Gypsy Day Parade and 1956 Gypsy Day Parade

If you have any home movies or historical footage that you would like to contribute, Aberdeen Area History would love to add more videos to share with the world. You can contact us through this page.