Cincinnati Historical Maps

The maps displayed here are from our Rare Book Collection and are being made available for research. Each map has been digitized as a .jpg file and a larger image can be accessed by clicking on the thumbnail. In order to enhance detail in the maps, they were scanned at a high resolution, which makes some of the files quite large. Frequent users may want to save the images to a local drive for future reference. The original maps, as well as the additional resources provided at the bottom of the page, can be viewed in the Archives & Rare Books Library.


From Record of the distribution and sale of lots in the town of Losantiville (now Cincinnati) 1789 by Robert Clarke
Rare Books F499.C5 R411957

This is an enlarged facsimile of Robert Clarke's reproduction of original records maintained by Cincinnati settler Israel Ludlow. Included is Ludlow's plan of the town of Cincinnati for 1802. The plan is accompanied by a list of the settlers to whom each lot was sold in 1789. The land that would become Cincinnati was purchased in 1788 by Matthias Denman from John Cleves Symmes and was named "Losantiville." General Arthur St. Clair renamed the town "Cincinnati" in 1790.


A drawing showing the Cincinnati riverfront in 1802

From The Queen City in 1869 by George E. Stevens
Rare Books F499.C5 S8

This early map shows the settlement of Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River. Fort Washington can be seen at the rear on the right side and the homes of prominent citizens are labeled.



A map of Cincinnati in 1815 from Daniel Drake's book.  It shows significant landmarks along with streets and lots.

From Natural and Statistical View, or Picture of Cincinnati and the Miami Country by Daniel Drake
Rare Books F499.C5 D82

This map was specially engraved for Drake's book. A reference key points to significant buildings and landmarks, including public buildings, churches, businesses, and of course breweries. Streets are labeled and boundaries are noted.



A map showing Cincinnati as it was incorporated in 1819.

From Centennial History of Cincinnati by Charles Greve (1904)
Rare Books F499.C5 G74

This map shows Cincinnati as it was incorporated as a city in 1819. A reference key points to significant buildings and landmarks. Note land dedicated to the newly established Cincinnati College just to the right of the eastern section line. Small parts of Newport and Covington are included, but not labeled.



A map of Cincinnati from 1842 which outlines the city's wards in different colors.

From The Cincinnati Directory for the Year 1842 compiled by Charles Cist
Rare Books F499.C5 A16 1842

Cist's map is separated into wards that would help readers locate the proper section of the directory to consult. Population numbers are given from 1805-1840 and a brief statement about the founding and development of the city is provided. The reference key lists public buildings, businesses, and social organizations.


An 1855 map of Cincinnati showing newly annexed parts of the city including Mt. Auburn and Walnut Hills.

From Williams'€™ Cincinnati Directory, City Guide and Business Mirror or Cincinnati in 1855
Rare Books F499.C5 A18 1855

This map reflects the first efforts of expansion through annexation, including the areas north of Liberty Street - Mt. Auburn, Walnut Hills and part of today's Over-the-Rhine. The map is separated by wards, which are numbered.



A map of Cincinnati from 1869 showing both wards and street names.  Some buildings are labeled.

From The Queen City in 1869 by George E. Stevens
Rare Books F499.C5 S8

This map is separated into wards and street names are labeled. Although no reference key is provided, some buildings and areas are marked, such as "Garden of Eden" Park. Looks like we finally found it! Portions of Covington and Newport are also shown with labeled streets.


A street map of downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine from 1929

From The New Cincinnati -€“ Are You Acquainted with it?
Rare Books Oversize F499.C5 N385 1932

Published by the Cincinnati Convention Committee, this brochure introduces visitors and residents alike to buildings in the city. The street map of the downtown business district and part of Over-the-Rhine highlights the building described in the brochure.

Other ARB Sources for Cincinnati Maps

Titus' Atlas of Hamilton Co., Ohio
By R.H. Harrison

This large atlas features an overview map of Cincinnati as well as several detailed plates. Also provided are maps of other Hamilton County towns.

Rare Books Oversized G1398.H2 H3 1869

Cincinnati Annexation Records

The collection, spanning 1869-1939, contains annexation maps for the city as well as maps of the districts being annexed.

Atlas of the City of Cincinnati, Ohio
Complied by E. Robinson

Published in 1883, this atlas features an overview map of Cincinnati measuring 30x35 inches along with 28 individual ward plates measuring approximately 18x26 inches each.

Rare Books Oversized G1399.C5 .R6

Report on the plan of main thoroughfares for Hamilton County, Ohio, Cincinnati
Published by the Regional Planning Commission

Published in 1936, the report includes several maps for Hamilton County and Cincinnati showing current major traffic features, traffic flow, and traffic capacity, as well as plans for future development.

Rare Books HE372.C5 H3 1936

Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City and its Neighbors
Compiled by workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration, 1943

While this book does not include a complete map of the city, it breaks the area up into "tours" and provides section maps for each. Also covered are suburbs, Covington, and Newport.

Rare Books F499 .C5 W6

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Master Plan and the official city plan of the city of Cincinnati
Published by the Cincinnati City Planning Commission, 1948.

Includes several detailed color maps of Cincinnati districts.

Rare Books NA9127.C5 A5 1948