Guide to the Planimetric Maps of Oregon and Washington

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.
Title: Planimetric Maps of Oregon and Washington
Dates: 1947 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 cubic foot, including 60 maps (1 oversize box)
Collection Number: MAPS Planimetric
Summary: The Planimetric Maps of Oregon and Washington consist of detailed maps of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and nearby towns and lands, soon after World War II. The maps depict water features, land cover, roads, structures, and land claims.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
Special Collections & Archives Research Center

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2075

Languages: Materials in English. 

Content Description

The Planimetric Maps of Oregon and Washington consist of 60 detailed maps of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and nearby towns and landscape features immediately following World War II. Coverage of the maps in this collection is centered on Portland and extends on the Willamette River from Oregon City north to the confluence with the Columbia River and on the Columbia River from St. Helens (Oregon) to Camas (Washington). The maps are at 1:9,600 scale. The collection includes sheets with the following names: Camas (6 sheets); Hillsboro (9 sheets); LaCenter (3 sheets); Oregon City (14 sheets); Portland (18 sheets); St. Helens (8 sheets); and Tualatin (2 sheets). An index map (made at a later time) showing the location of all the sheets is also included.

The maps depict water features and land cover, including rivers, lakes, sloughs, marshes, wetlands, islands, and forested areas. Streets, roads and highways as well as railroads, bridges, airports, and shipping terminals are shown on the maps. Parks and wildlife refuges are included. Structures such as schools and churches; mills and factories; and industrial sites, gravel pits, and oil tanks are also depicted. The extent and claimants for land claims are shown on the maps.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Planimetric Maps of Oregon and Washington (MAPS Planimetric), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

The maps were acquired by the Oregon State College Library prior to 1961.

Acquisition Information :  

The collection was transferred from the Oregon State University Libraries' maps collection to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2012.

Related Materials :  

Other detailed maps of Portland, Oregon and nearby towns are part of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Oregon as well as the Oregon State University Libraries general maps collection.


  • Subject Terms :
  • Cities and towns--Oregon--Maps.
  • Land grants--Oregon.
  • Real property--Oregon--Maps.
  • Rivers--Oregon--Maps.
  • Rivers--Washington (State)--Maps.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bachelor Island (Wash.)--Maps.
  • Camas (Wash.)--Maps.
  • Canby (Or.)--Maps.
  • Clackamas River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Columbia River--Maps.
  • Columbia Slough (Or.)--Maps.
  • Fairview (Multnomah County, Or.)--Maps.
  • Gladstone (Or.)--Maps.
  • Government Island (Or.)--Maps.
  • Gresham (Or.)--Maps.
  • Hayden Island (Multnomah County, Or.)--Maps.
  • Lewis River (Wash.)--Maps.
  • Linnton (Portland, Or.)--Maps.
  • Milwaukie (Or.)--Maps.
  • North Portland Harbor (Or.)--Maps.
  • Oregon City (Or.)--Maps.
  • Oswego (Or.)--Maps.
  • Oswego, Lake (Or. : Lake)--Maps.
  • Portland (Or.)--Maps.
  • Ridgefield (Wash.)--Maps.
  • Ross Island (Or.)--Maps.
  • Saint Helens (Or.)--Maps.
  • Saint Johns (Portland, Or.)--Maps.
  • Sandy River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Sauvie Island (Or.)--Maps.
  • Scappoose (Or.)--Maps.
  • Sturgeon Lake (Or.)--Maps.
  • Swan Island Industrial Park (Portland, Or.)--Maps.
  • Troutdale (Or.)--Maps.
  • Tualatin (Or.)--Maps.
  • Vancouver (Wash.)--Maps.
  • Vancouver Lake (Wash.)--Maps.
  • Vanport (Or.)--Maps.
  • Washougal River (Wash.)--Maps.
  • West Linn (Or.)--Maps.
  • Willamette River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Maps.

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