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Monroe County Puzzles Now Available
We're excited to announce the newest items in our Gift Shop: jigsaw puzzles featuring photographs and artifacts from our collection! Puzzle varieties include "Postcards of the Past", "1915 Monroe County Plat Map", and "Monroe County Business Premiums...
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MCHS SPRING CRAFT SHOW MARCH 13 IN TOMAH
The 92nd Monroe County Historical Society Craft Show will be held Saturday, March 13 at two hotels in Tomah: the Best Western and Cranberry County Lodge convention centers...
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1897 STANDARD ATLAS OF MONROE COUNTY, WISCONSIN


1897 Standard Atlas of Monroe County, Wisconsin. Compiled and published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago. Complete plat book. Contains colored plat maps for the Villages, Cities, and Townships in the County. Also 4 pages of portraits of early Monroe County residents as well as a Patron Reference Directory. Pages and maps are in good condition, but coloring has faded slightly. Binding is slightly loose at the cover; spine has been taped to reinforce. Cover has edge wear. [NOTE: This item was donated to the LHR to sell as a fundraiser since it duplicates superior examples already in the LHR collection. Money raised from the sale of this item directly supports the Local History Room research library.]

$97.50

1897 Township Maps - ORIGINAL - suitable for framing


Own a piece of Monroe County History! Townships available: Adrian, Angelo, Byron (Scott), Clifton, Glendale, Greenfield, Jefferson, LaFayette, LaGrange, Leon, Lincoln (Grant), Little Falls, New Lyme, Oakdale, Portland, Ridgeville, Sheldon, Sparta, Tomah, Wellington, Wells, Wilton. These are ORIGINAL 14.5" x 17.5" maps of Monroe Co townships published in 1897 by Geo. A. Ogle & Co.--not a reproduction. Features land owners, villages, communities, residences, churches, town halls, cemeteries, and more. Map paper is aged with minor wear but definitely suitable for framing. LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE. Be sure to email which township you want after placing your order. [this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser]

$24.95

Bank of Sparta 50th Anniversary New Concise Atlas of the World, 1908


Special Edition New Concise Atlas of the World produced with compliments of the Bank of Sparta, Sparta, Wisconsin at the time of its 50th Anniversary, 1908. Atlas published by Rand, McNally & Company. It includes world and state maps as well as a Monroe County map and large pull out colorized map of the City of Sparta. Also includes black and white photos, history, and general information about the Bank of Sparta. Softcover. Cover has some staining and edge wear. Cover and pull out map detached from binding. [Note: This is a duplicate copy sold as a fundraiser for the Local History Room.]

$10.00

1911 Sanborn Map of Sparta


1911 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map of Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin. Sanborn Fire Insurance maps are meticulously detailed, large-scale lithographed, color-keyed street maps. Sanborn Maps helped insurance agents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries determine the degree of fire hazard associated with a particular property. Sanborn Fire Insurance maps typically focus on the business districts within communities but also include residential properties. Each map provides a detailed assessment of the buildings within a district. Assessments include an outline of each building and outbuilding and location of windows and doors.They note the nature of the business or businesses which occupied individual buildings, sometimes even particular room uses.They list the type of construction and the composition of building materials including the framing, flooring, and roofing materials. The publication includes a summary map of the City of Sparta with Street and Business Indexes as well as 13 more detailed maps of street sections and business properties. Map dimensions are 25x21 inches. Map pages in fairly good condition. Cloth cover worn and ink stained. [Note:This is a duplicate copy sold as a fundraiser for the Local History Room.]

$69.95

1915 STANDARD ATLAS OF MONROE COUNTY, WISCONSIN


1915 Standard Atlas of Monroe County, Wisconsin. Published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago. This original, hard bound book includes • Plat maps of the Villages, Cities, and Townships of the County • Maps of the state, United States, and the world • Patron Directory listing names, addresses, occupations, and year of settlement in the county • Ten pages of black and white photographs of Monroe County people, farms, churches, schools, and businesses • Analysis of the System of US Land Surveys, Digest of the System of Civil Government • Chronology of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History The book’s contents are in very good condition but the first few pages are loose. The book binding is broken so the cover is loose. Someone used clear tape on the binding in the past. The maps are in very good shape, just some minor staining in some page corners. NOTE: This item was donated to the LHR to sell as a fundraiser since it duplicates superior examples already in the LHR collection. Money raised from the sale of this item directly supports the Local History Room research library.

$79.95

1915 Township Maps - ORIGINAL - suitable for framing


Own a piece of Monroe County History! Townships available: Adrian, Angelo, Byron, Clifton, Glendale, Grant, Greenfield, Jefferson, LaFayette, LaGrange, Leon, Lincoln, Little Falls, New Lyme, Oakdale, Portland, Ridgeville, Scott, Sheldon, Sparta, Tomah, Wellington, Wells, Wilton. These are ORIGINAL 14.5" x 17.5" maps of Monroe Co townships published in 1915 by Geo. A. Ogle & Co.--not a reproduction. Features land owners, villages, communities, residences, churches, town halls, cemeteries, and more. Map paper is aged with minor wear but definitely suitable for framing. LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE. Be sure to email which township you want after placing your order. [this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser]

$24.95

Monroe County, WI Farm Directory (1965)


1965 Monroe County, WI Farm Directory. Contains: alphabetical directory of farmers. Also contains township maps noting landowners. Many advertisements from county businesses as well. Good condition with a little bit of writing on back cover. Softcover, 48 pages. [this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser]

$15.00

1983 Atlas/Plat Book of Monroe County, WI


Land Atlas & Plat Book of Monroe County, WI Original plat book published in 1983. Township maps depicting land owners, roads, highways, etc. Includes a land owner index. Cover has minor wear and writing. Pages in very good condition. Soft cover; 50 pages. [this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser]

$10.00

PICTORIAL ATLAS OF MONROE COUNTY, WI: VOLUMES I & II (1985)


1985 Pictorial Atlas of Monroe County, WI: Volumes I & II. Two huge volumes, a combined two inches thick, of county and family histories. Wire bound, leather like covers measuring 10” x 13”. Compiled and published by the Title Atlas Co., Inc. Volume I contains: • Maps of the United States, Wisconsin, Monroe County • Plat maps of Monroe County townships showing land ownership • Patron Index allowing for easy name look ups • Patron Directory providing name, spouse name, children names, occupation, address, length of time in county, etc. Volume II contains: • Photographs of county libraries, churches, schools • Historic photographs of patron ancestors • Studio photographs of patrons and family • Submitted family photographs • Historical sketches of Monroe County townships, communities, villages, churches, places, events, businesses • Family histories • 1915 Plat Book of Monroe County complete reprint Excellent condition.

$40.00

Pictorial Atlas of Monroe County, WI: Volumes I & II (1994)


1994 Pictorial Atlas of Monroe County, WI: Volumes I & II. Two huge volumes, a combined inch and a half thick, of county and family histories. Wire bound, leather like covers measuring 10” x 13”. Compiled and published by the Title Atlas Co., Inc. Volume I contains: • Maps of the United States, Wisconsin, Monroe County • Plat maps of Monroe County townships showing land ownership • Patron Index allowing for easy name look ups • Patron and Township Directories providing name, spouse name, children names, occupation, address, length of time in county, etc. • Brief histories of select government buildings, churches, libraries, businesses, and farms • Reprint of 1897 Monroe County Plat Maps Volume II contains: • Photographs of Monroe County public buildings • Historic photographs of patron ancestors • Studio photographs of patrons and family • Submitted family photographs Excellent condition. [Note: This item was donated to the LHR to sell as a fundraiser since it duplicates superior examples already in the LHR collection. Money raised from the sale of this item directly supports the Local History Room research library].

$39.95

2011 Land Atlas & Plat Book - Monroe County Wisconsin


NEW LOW PRICE (This is NOT the most current copy) Detailed, spiral bound atlas showing public and private land ownership, as well as excellent road detail for Monroe County, Wisconsin. New for the 2011 edition are color satellite maps of each township. An ownership index in the back of each atlas makes finding names a snap. 101 pages.

$9.95

2017 Land Atlas & Plat Book - Monroe County Wisconsin


A useful tool for researchers, pick up a copy of the 2017 Plat Book for Monroe County, WI. Detailed, spiral bound atlas showing public and private land ownership, as well as excellent road detail for Monroe County, Wisconsin. Ownership and Road Indexes included. 112 pages.

$9.95

2019 Land Atlas & Plat Book - Monroe County Wisconsin


A useful tool for researchers, pick up a copy of the most recent Plat Book for Monroe County, WI. Detailed, spiral bound atlas showing public and private land ownership, as well as excellent road detail for the county. An ownership index in the back of each atlas makes finding names a snap. Road Index also included. Additionally, this version includes reproduced maps from the 1915 Monroe County Plat Map as well as select historical downtown photos from throughout the county. 140 pages.

$34.95