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Freeland area maps

What's on this page about nearby towns, townships, Luzerne County:
  • 1873 maps showing Freehold and the surrounding area
  • 1884 geological map of Luzerne County
  • Undated postal map, possibly circa 1920?
  • 1949 Foster Township warrantee map
On related pages about nearby towns, townships, Luzerne County:

1873 Maps of the area around Freehold (later Freeland)

The maps shown on this page (click on them for larger views) come from The Atlas of Luzerne County, published in 1873. In the case of the township maps I was only able to scan a portion of each map, due to limitations having to do with the size and condition of the atlas. I've cropped the scans to show a few locales in the immediate area of Freeland. The map at top left corner also comes from this atlas.

1873 map of part of Foster Township 1873 map of part of Foster Township
This is a part of a map of Foster Township, cropped to show a few locales in the immediate area of Freehold, later Freeland. It shows Upper Lehigh, South Heberton, Freehold, Highland, Jeddo and Eckley. The map shows buildings, roads, railroad tracks, breakers, names of major property owners, rivers and mountains. At the left of the map are boundary lines that Foster Township shares with Butler and Hazle Townships. The Butler/Foster line cuts right through Upper Lehigh, although that's not evident from this map. The road cutting across left to right above the name Freehold is what would become Schwabe Street and was the stagecoach route between Drums and Pond Creek and on to White Haven. In the Freehold part you can actually see the label pointing to Matthias Schwabe's house. At this time Freehold had not yet been renamed Freeland, and South Heberton had not yet been annexed to Freeland.

1873 map of part of Hazle Township This piece of the 1873 map of Hazle Township at right shows a string of mining communities: Lattimer, Milnesville, Harleigh, Ebervale, Japan, Drifton, all within a few miles of Freehold. Part of the boundary between Hazle and Butler Townships can be seen along the top of the map. There are more area maps from the 1873 Atlas on another page.

1884 Geological map of Luzerne County

Here's an 1884 geological map of Luzerne County from the 2nd Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. The fact that it shows Woodside but not Freeland suggests that it might label mining locations rather than towns. On the right is a cropped section of the map highlighting our area of the county. This map makes it very clear why the mines were located where they were (and why there were no mines in certain other nearby areas). It also appears on my Mines page.

1884 geological map of Luzerne County 1884 geological map of Luzerne County

Postal rural delivery map for Luzerne County

Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County
I bought this map on eBay, and it's in poor condition. The title is "Map of Luzerne County, Pa. showing Rural Delivery Service, Post Office Department." This map gives a great view of roads, railroad tracks, rivers and creeks, with mountains labeled. Larger communities are shown in outline, smaller ones with post offices designated with a dot inside a circle. In the rural areas, collection boxes are supposedly noted, routes are differentiated from roads, and houses, schools and churches at least partially noted. See, for example, the dots along the road from Zehner (Pond Creek) in the direction of White Haven -- I assume that those are houses. I don't have the whole map copied yet - its size and condition don't lend to its being able to be scanned face down on a scanner. I'm going to try to get better photographs of it, but for now these will have to do.

These 8 images show the index and various parts of the region around Freeland. From left to right:

(1) Eckley, Hazle Brook, Zehner, Sandy Run, White Haven, Lehigh Tannery
(2) Freeland, Upper Lehigh, Drifton, Jeddo, Hazle Brook, Stockton, Ebervale, Milnesville, Lattimer Mines, Harleigh, Hazleton, Jeanesville
(3) West Hazleton, Harwood Mines, Beaver Brook, KisLyn, Drums, St. Johns, Seybertsville, Conyngham, Sugarloaf, Briggsville
(4) Nescopeck, Zenith, Tank, Turnback, Rock Glen, Fern Glen, Weston, Mountain Grove, Hetlerville
(5) Dorrance, Albert, Nuangola, Sugar Notch, Peeley, Rhone Station, Alden, Wanamie
(6) Gracedale, Mountaintop, Ashley, Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke, Chauncy, Kingston, Coal Ridge, Forty Fort Station, Larksville, Pringle, Courtdale, Luzerne, Maltby, Trucksville, Huntsville, Schooley
(7) Plymouth, Ceases Mills, Lamoreu, Hughs, Lane Station
(8) Index

Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County Postal rural delivery map of Luzerne County

Warrantee township maps from the Pennsylvania State Archives

Foster Township warrantee map Charlie Gallagher found this warrantee map for Foster Township online. The map is dated 1949. The larger version that clicking this thumbnail image gives you isn't very readable, but you can download a good quality PDF of the map from the Pennsylvania State Archives. Click here for the page that has links to the various maps available by county and then township. Scroll down to Luzerne County, and then pick Foster, or Hazle, Conyngham, Butler, etc.

According to an article in the October 2012 issue of The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, these maps were drawn in the 1940s from original drafts at the Pennsylvania Land Office. Information recorded on the maps includes "names of original applicants, acreage and location of tracts, dates of application, warrant, survey, and patent; and the names of patentees."

There is some general information about these maps on an introductory page at the Pennsylvania State Archives site. In part it says that the Archives "holds the following warrantee township maps, which show all original land purchases from the Proprietors or the Commonwealth made inside the boundaries of present-day townships. In essence, these maps serve as a summary and geographical index for the warrants, surveys and patents held by the State Archives. Information usually shown for each tract of land includes: name of warrantee, name of patentee, number of acres, name of tract, and dates of warrant, survey and patent. Survey and patent numbers also may be given."

Another offsite page shows the range of land records available at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

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