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In 2011, the staff in the University Map Library re-constructed the 1955 street network for Waterloo County. These streets are made freely available in digital map format, GIS Shapefiles and KML files, allowing scholars, historians and community residents to study and analyze past and present street patterns.
We have discovered some interesting finds with respect to changes to city boundaries, urban growth, and street names. The following examples are best viewed in Firefox.
You may download the street shapefiles or KML files for your own use.
If you would like access to historical air photos of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, please visit our Historical Air Photo Digitization Project website.
Please email any questions, comments or suggestions to :
Eva Dodsworth, Geospatial Data Services Librarian
University Map Library, 2011