Up Sucker Creek

Up Sucker Creek
Photo Courtesy of the Lake Oswego Library

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

USGS Historical Maps

What Lake Oswego was like in 1915!  

Photo:  South Oswego 1913

Notes:Sepia toned; scanned as B and W; small mark near top; ink circle and X on front marking the Bickner Store. Just uphill from the "x" is the Worthington house, with the 2nd floor veranda.
Notes on back:Bickner family (env 3); Jan. 1913; South Oswego - Will's old home. Old J. Bickner and Sons store; South Oswego [library stamp]
Duplication rights:Credit Lake Oswego Public Library

USGS Maps 
I admit to being a map junkie, so this site is a lot of fun and gives some great historical detail to the city's growth over the years.  The USGS site will also retrieve maps from all over the US, so be inspired to look at favorite places to see what they were like back then.  Let me know if you find something of interest to other readers!

Unfortunately, the USGS did not continue to add housing units to their maps, so the maps of the 70s and 80s are not current for that, but they do show new roads and how existing roads and landforms changed.

USGS Historical Maps


  1. Erin O'Rourke-MeadorsOctober 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    What a wonderful old photo of South Town...Thanks for sharing!

  2. It's amazing that some structures are still standing!