Warren County: Then & Now

Just how much has Warren County changed in 159 years?

On a map today, we might see interstate highways, large urban centers, and various other indicators of modern life.  While cities and modes of transportation can be found on most county maps, they will look much different on a map from over 100 years ago.  The 1856 map of Warren County is a great example of community growth and infrastructure development, just over 50 years after the county was established in 1803.  This map shows the numerous canals and railroads running through the county, some of which became very important modes of transportation in Southwest Ohio. It also shows which cities were present in 1856, many of which still stand today and have been flourishing ever since. Compare the 1856 map of Warren County to the current map below.  What else has changed or developed overtime?  Let us know what you think in the comment section!

Map of Warren County in 1856

Map of Warren County in 1856

A scalable 1856 digital map can be found on the Library of Congress website.


A modern map of Warren County

A modern map of Warren County


Visit the Warren County GIS website to view a scalable map of Warren County and surrounding areas.

You can find county and township maps, detailed blueprints, and more information on county development at the Records Center & Archives.

Trivia Question:  What three different tracks of land formed the territory that became Warren County?  The answer will be revealed next post!

Answer to July 21st question:  The Shakers


About wcrcarchives

The Warren County Records Center and Archives was dedicated in honor of the former Warren County Recorder, Edna L. Bowyer on June 22, 2001. We offer on-site records storage, records delivery, records retention and disposition management, records management training, document imaging, and microfilming services. View all posts by wcrcarchives

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