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Fire insurance maps were created to document the physical details of the built environment, for the purpose of evaluating fire insurance risk. From Wikipedia: "The map volumes contain an enormous amount of information ... [including] outlines of each building and outbuilding; the location of windows and doors; street names; street and sidewalk widths; property boundaries; fire walls; natural features (rivers, canals, etc.); railroad corridors; building use (sometimes even particular room uses); house and block number; as well as the composition of building materials including the framing, flooring, and roofing materials; the strength of the local fire department; indications of sprinkler systems; locations of fire hydrants; location of water and gas mains; and even the names of most public buildings, churches and businesses." (from: "Sanborn Maps," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanborn_Maps (accessed May 29, 2015).