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Contributed by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives
Welcome to the Maricopa County Land Ownership plat map collection. Years covered are 1903, 1911, 1914, 1917, 1923, 1926 and 1929. Each map sheet depicts one township and range and shows land owners as well as railroads, canals, dams, some major roads along section lines, mountain peaks, and selected surface mining claims in the mountains north of Phoenix.
Please note that only land ownership outside the city limits is shown. Also, the maps are not searchable by individual names. Users will need a basic legal description (Section/Township/Range) in order to find the owners for that section. Keep in mind that an owner name on a parcel doesn't guarantee that that person or family lived on that parcel. Land could have been rented out, or simply held as an investment.
The earlier years cover fewer townships. The 1903 set, for example, extends only from Baseline Road north to Bell Road and from 115th Avenue east to 40th Street. By the 1920s, the map sets cover a much larger portion of Maricopa County, stretching from Gila Bend east to Chandler, and from the Phoenix Mountains south to the Gila River and a few miles beyond.
Maps for the years 1911, 1914, 1923, 1926 and 1929 are too numerous to present as a single collection. Maps for these years have been broken down into four subsets composed of North Townships/East Ranges; North Townships/West Ranges; South Townships/East Ranges; and South Townships/West Ranges.
For more information, visit the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Map Collection.