These maps may only be used for privite, non-profit purposes. Most are from the collection of David Rumsey.
Historical maps tell an interesting story. They provide reference points in time of the creation and demise of rural communities as well as the transportation and communication routes. The relative significance of a community may be noted by its inclusion (or absence) on a map. It must be remembered that this "significance" is in the eyes of the cartographer, which may be swayed by many different interests. Several Ashley County communities may be found on these maps that are no longer referenced on contemporary maps.
Ashley County was established in 1848, twelve years after Arkansas became a state in 1836. Maps prior to 1848 are provided for the region that was to become Ashley County. Each of the map images is a crop from the referenced map.
|A New Universal Atlas; Comprising Separate Maps Of all the Principal Empires, Kingdoms & States Throughout the World: and forming a distinct Atlas Of The United States. Carefully Compiled from the best Authorities Extant by David H. Burr. Published by D.S. Stone, N. York. Printed by Cammeyer & Clark, N.Y.|
|A New Map of Arkansas with its Canals, Roads & Distances by H.S. Tanner. Entered ... 1833 by H.S. Tanner ... Pennsylvania. Published by H.S. Tanner Philadelphia. (above neat line) Tanner's Universal Atlas.|
Arkansas. Entered ... 1844 by Sidney E. Morse and Samuel Breese ... New York. (New York: Published by Harper & Brothers, 1845
|A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World. With a special map of each of the United States, Plans of Cities &c. Comprehended in seventy sheets and forming a series of One Hundred And Seventeen Maps, Plans And Sections ... Philadelphia, Published By S. Augustus Mitchell, N.E. corner of Market & 7th Streets. 1846. Entered ... 1846, by H.N. Burroughs ... Pennsylvania. (title page by) J. Knight Sc|
|Colton's Atlas of The World, Illustrating Physical And Political Geography. By George W. Colton. Accompanied By Descriptions Geographical, Statistical, And Historical, By Richard Swainson Fisher, M.D. Complete In One Volume. New York: J.H. Colton And Company, No. 172 William, Corner Beekman Street. London: Trubner And Company, No. 12 Paternoster Row. 1856. Entered ... One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty-five, by J.H. Colton And Company ... New York.|
|Johnson's New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas, With Descriptions, Geographical, Statistical, And Historical. Compiled, Drawn, and Engraved Under The Supervision Of J.H. Colton And A.J. Johnson. New York: Johnson And Browning, Formerly (Successors To J.H. Colton And Company,) No. 133 Nassau Street. 1860. Entered ... One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty, by Johnson & Browning ... Virginia.|
|Cram's Rail Road & Township Map of Arkansas. Published by Geo. F. Cram. Proprietor of the Western Map Depot. 66, Lake St. Chicago Ills. 1875.|
|Arkansas by Frank A. Gray,
O.W. Gray & Son, Philadelphia, 1876
|Department of The Interior General Land Office J.A. Williamson, Commissioner. State of Arkansas. 1878. Compiled from the official Records of the General Land Office and other sources by C. Roeser, Principal Draughtsman G.L.O. Photolith & print by Julius Bien 16 & 18 Park Place N.Y.|
|Rand McNally Indexed
Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand McNally and Co., 1884.
|New Railroad and Township Map of Arkansas from the New Indexed Atlas of the World. Publication Info: Chicago: Rand McNally and Co., 1888.|
|Rand McNally and Company's Indexed Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand McNally and Co., 1890.|
|Rand, McNally & Co.'s Newbusiness atlas map of Arkansas. Copyright, 1890, by Rand, McNally & Co. (Chicago, 1897)|