Welcome to the Pratt Museum’s first attempt at a searchable online collection. Of the 275 archived pieces in the Pratt’s Cartography collection, this section of our website focuses on 45 specific maps of local value. Dates on these maps range from the earliest years of the 20th century through the late 1970s, and fall into a few unique categories: 1.) Maps that were hand-drawn by local cartographers, documenting the layout of the town over various parts of the last century; 2.) Hand-drawn maps that speculate on potential land use that never came to be; 3.) Maps that have been annotated in pen, sometimes accompanied by oral histories, usually marking local Native land and marine use, community resources, place-names, and other “Kitchen Table” style mapped information; and, 4.) Maps with fragile conservation status.
Click on the images of the maps below to view them at full scale, or contact the Pratt to make an appointment to see these maps in person. Copies of several of these maps will be made available at the Homer Public Library, but the Museum has the originals!
If you have questions, comments, or concerns about any of the maps below, please feel free to contact Collections Manager Savanna Bradley.
This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
|Pratt ID# and Map Title
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Blueline copy, shows lot lines and proposed development on Homer Spit.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Blue line copy with redrawing in pencil. Shows end of Homer Spit, Vicinity Key.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Map of Homer Spit showing potential location of Cement Company, proposed and drawn by Charles Abbott.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Pencil and red pencil on parchment. Shows Charles Abbott's proposals for Spit development.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Drawn by Charles Abbott on a Corp of Engineers map. Showing Abbott's ideas for an alternate sight for small boat harbor.
|Hand drawn by J.A.P. for Homer Electric Association - REA Project-Alaska 5 Kenai. Notes for zoning, and land conditions. Date: 1/24/65. Note the "No building Zone to prevent encroachment and to allow for future runway expansion" and "Entire Spit to be Zoned Industrial with Limited Commercial"
|One of four drawings in this collection, these 1901 hand drawn plans for Homer Wharf Coal Chute, provide detail for a proposed, temporary Coal Chute for Homer Wharf.
|The second of four drawings in this collection, this work on oilskin depicts original plans for a 1899 Warehouse for the Cook Inlet Coal Fields Company.
|The fourth drawing in this series from 1900 depicts incomplete plans for what appears to be a possible Railway along the Homer Spit.
|Drawn by D.E.F. for Homer Electric Association in 1964. Shows lots and owners' names.
|This map shows roads in and around Homer area from Diamond Gulch to East Hill Extension August 1957.
|The third of four drawings in this collection, these 1899 original plans detail bridges, roads, chicken house, stable, for planned mine location, Cook Inlet Coalfields Company.
|Enlarged map of Homer business locations, featuring Pioneer Avenue and nearby surrounding areas.
|Map created by Homer Electric Association showing transmission lines from Seldovia to Halibut Cove, dated May 26, 1964.
|From the Charles Baker Abbott Collection, this map shows the mouth of Kachemak Bay, cut in vicinity map of Anchorage, Alaska and Kenai Peninsula. Note the handwritten descriptions of mineral deposits on Abbott's property, and other Kachemak Bay locations.
|From the Charles Baker Abbott Collection, this map shows Kachemak Bay from English Bay to Glacier Spit on the south side; Bluff Point to Fritz Creek on the north. Grey Cliff Limestone: Homer Coal Properties was mapped for John T. Powell (Howell?), May 1948.
|Homer Spit Land Map, March 10, 1961. "Compiled and Drawn from official plats of townships 6 &7 South Range 13 West S.M. Alaska. Meander Line Shown varies with line of mean high water in certain areas because of erosion since date of survey." Red pencil notations numbering lots and owners.
|Untiled map of Homer area, including West Hill to near Rochelle Road on East End (named Fritz Creek Drive on the map). Shows all streets of Homer, Drives, roads, airport boundaries, etc., pre-bypass and possibly pre-Main Street North of Pioneer. Does not include Homer Spit.
|Map reproduction, closeup with detail of tract belonging to Walter R. Bell, showing grave site and designated memorial park.
|Homer and vicinity map with identified business locations. (multiple copies of varying quality held in Museum collection).
|Crew Leader's Map for 1978 Census, scale 1" = 1000'. Sections 19 and 20 delineated with orange marker. Museum location indicated in green.
|Undetailed map of Homer Township by Chas. B. Abbott and Noel M. Benson, on yellowed paper.
|"Plan of Mine Location, Cook Inlet Coalfield Co Scale 50' to an inch, John Kirsopp Engineer". Copy of mining claim showing buildings, roads, bridges.
|Map in pencil on tracing paper, showing lots in Homer, Alaska, no date.
|Blow-up of Homer Township map showing Diamond Ridge Road east to Crossman Ridge, south to Homer and Beluga Lake. In red ink, quarter sections are written in and in pencil, ownership and lots are shown for some sections.
|Annotated map of Kenai Peninsula Borough showing land ownership. Large areas are hand-colored in with magic marker and tagged with type-written labels to show National Monuments, State Parks, Wilderness Units, Fish and Wildlife Habitat, Moose Ranges, Study Areas.
|Map on paper, several pieces of tape along folds. Department of The Interior Alaska Road Commission - Southwestern District - Entitled: General Situation Homer, Shows Homer Spit and town of Homer with various stores, businesses and topographical features. Homesteads shown in print and added in pencil.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Map showing potential development of the land at the end of the Homer Spit. Small Boat Basin on west side of spit as well as harbor area suggested on East side.
|Hand-lettered locations of salmon traps and canneries, with date of 1944 annotated on a map published in 1941. Color legend.
|1917? or 1947?
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Very faint copy of township plats, featuring Homer, Spit, and surrounding area. Some annotations made in ink and pencil denoting ownership (?), unknown alteration date.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Plat map of property along Homer Spit Road.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Copy of a map drawn by Charles Abbott depicting a potential location of a Small Craft Harbor and other development on the end of the Homer Spit.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Map of potential plant site location for the Alaska Cement Co, proposed and drawn by Charles Abbott.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Showing in pencil Coal Point, Homer, AK. development plan by Charles Abbott.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Parchment with brown ink, green and blue markings, covers Coal Point, drawn by Charles Abbott. Appears to be planning for potential Brick Manufacturing plant, including buildings, railroad, storage, and other specifics. Map is drawn on very reflective material, making digitization difficult.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Copy of a map showing topography of end of Spit, property lines, with penciled sketches of proposed building or development over copy.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Harbors and rivers in Alaska Cook Inlet and Tributaries: Homer Small Boat Basin Showing AlternateSite. Corp of Engineers map, blue line copy. Shows development plans for Homer Spit, Location and Vicinity Maps.
|1939 - 1946
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Pencil drawn general land layout sketch map showing homestead land use as of 1939, dated 1946. Ink boundary lines. Covers from Bluff Pt. east to Fritz Creek, North to Olson Mt.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Proposed expansion to the Salty Dawg Saloon. Note from John Dagleish to CBA on side of drawing.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. From Olson Lane to North of Pioneer Avenue.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Map showing Seldovia from east of Fillmore Homestead to west of Irene Lake. Some land owners and homesteads listed, no dates.
|Charles Baker Abbott Collection. copy of map drawn by Charles Abbott showing locations and names of businesses in Homer. From Ohlson Lane to Spit Road and East Road.
|Hand written in red and black ink are names, numbers, & other data on salmon canneries, fish traps, salteries, clam canneries, etc. around Cook Inlet. Head waters of many bays & inlets are outlined in turquoise marker. Unknown what that indicates.
|Map shows power lines, transmission areas, water lines, powerhouse, and other electric related items along with any CAA items such as airport, circa 1945. Boundaries are Lake Lambert to the east, Mud Bay to the south, Diamond Ridge to the north and about West Hill Road to the west.
|1899 Preliminary Map of Railway, Cook Inlet Coal Fields Co., Alaska. Map shows Spit, bluffs, rail tracks, and coal transfer stations.
|Plat Map of proposed Town of Homer, Alaska, late 1800s. Appears to be a fantasized subdivision layout of the Homer Spit.
|Another copy of a Plat Map of proposed Town of Homer, Alaska, late 1800s. Appears to be a fantasized subdivision layout of the Homer Spit. See PM1993.168.0003 for related image.
|Historic Native land use and fishing site notations in Seldovia area made by Folklorist Susan W. Fair during an interview with Pete Elvsaas in July 1998. Includes place names, traplines, setnet sites, and seal hunting site.
|Detailed undated map hand drawn by Sam Pratt showing the location of coal mines and rail access with tunnel dimensions of coal mines along the coastal bluff just west of downtown Homer.
|Possibly from the Charles Baker Abbott Collection. Cooper Bed map - One Possible Method of Mining and Pillar Extraction, Initial Plan "Superseded by recent field investigation, Cook Inlet." - Homer Coal Corporation ., Chas B. Abbott - April 25, 1946 - Section details on 1.) Coal Conveyor Trestle and Mooring Dophins, detail and general layout with enlarged section; and 2.) Coal Block with coal prospecting application, noting conflicting Coal mining permits: Ted Hursey and Robert Bruce. Notes some detail on 1946 landmarks and businesses, in addition to proposed development.
|Aerial photograph of Homer general area, subdivision focus on Pioneer Y intersection (Pre-Bypass) and Pioneer Avenue to just past Alice's.