In 1927, the Sanborn Map Company made another one of its detailed
downtown Covington maps for insurance purposes. This is the third and last blog post about those maps. The map showed the
buildings, how the buildings were occupied, and additional notes of
interest to insurance companies being asked to insure those structures.
Street Name Changes
Before we go to the maps, a word is needed about street name changes. There were many street name changes between 1927 and 2021, too many to list, but we will mention a few. The one block long street north of the School System Administration building on Jefferson Avenue is now named 24th Avenue, but in 1927 it was "Gold Street." The one block street south of the central school system office is now 23rd Avenue, but back then it was "Silver Street."
And the one block long street in front of Acquistapace Supermarket, which is today called "21st Avenue", was back in 1927 known as "Asia Street."
take a close up look at some of the sections of this map. Click on the map images to make them larger. More information may be available when text is in boldface and a different color of type. Captions below each image help set the scene.
Also in 1927, over at the southwest corner of Jefferson Avenue at 21st Street, now the home of a snow ball stand, once stood the Hotel Ohlmeyer.
Fire Department: Volunteer, 45 men. One paid man. One station. One auto combined chemical and hose cart with 750 ft of two and a half C.R. L. Hose, 1 American LaFrance pumper, 500 gallon per minute. Twelve hundred feet of two and a half diameter hose, 80 gallon booster t'k, 250 feet of one and a half inch hose. 40 foot extension ladders and 1 waterous 350 gallon pumper hooked to hose cart.
Fire alarm system: electric siren whistle at pump house and telephones at Electric Plant, Fire Station and Chief's residence.
Grades level: about 7 miles of concrete paved streets.
Ordinance prohibiting wooden shingle roofs adopted Feb. 4, 1930. All such roofs are allowed up to 20 percent repairs in one year.
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