Fire Insurance Maps

Goad Company Insurance Maps

Charles Edward Goad (March 15, 1848 – June 10, 1910 ) was a noted cartographer and civil engineer. Goad is most noted for his insurance surveys of cities in Canada, Great Britain, and elsewhere. Fire insurance companies needed to know in detail the nature and size of buildings, width of streets, construction, building materials and the proximity of fire services and water supplies in order to estimate appropriate premiums. Goad established a company (the Charles E. Goad Company) in 1875 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to produce maps to provide this information. These and like maps are now referred to as Goad Maps. (Wikepedia)

These maps are on line, but we have included them here on our website as they are an important part of our history.

Toledo Ontario map of September 1897 (photo #1)


Lyn, Ontario Map of May 1900 (photo #2)


Lyn, Ontario map revised to Sept, 1908 (photo #3)


Jasper, Ontario map of Sept 1897 (photo #4)


Jasper, Ontario, map revised to January 1905 (photo #5)


Map Legend – key to the colour code (photo #6)