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1861 Lake County Map Gallery

There are two ways to obtain the 1861 Lake County Map:

  • Click the links below to view and download an Adobe Acrobat PDF file online at no charge.
  • Order paper copies of the 1861 Lake County Map below for a fee.

View and Download

The 1861 Lake County Map shows the major landowners and selected municipalities as they were then. The Lake County Superintendent of Highways prepared this map in 1948 from maps provided by the Lake County Historical Society. We offer this map for general historical reference purposes only, with no guarantee of accuracy or completeness, on an as-is basis. Note that there are a number of commercially prepared map atlases of Lake County dating from the 19th and early 20th century available in area libraries and other specialized library collections within the State of Illinois.

This map is now available to view and download. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your personal computer to view this map. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader you can zoom, pan, print and cut and paste portions of this map into your word processing documents.

To access the map click on the link below. This map is in Adobe Acrobat PDF file format, some files are large and may take a while to view. This countywide map is intended to be printed at approximately 36" x 48" and if printed at 8-1/2 x 11 will not be very legible.

Help with PDFs

Having trouble viewing or printing the PDF? Read this web page.

Ordering Paper Maps

Paper copies of the same tax district maps are available for purchase.

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Historical map dating to 1861.


Major parcel lines, major water bodies, railroads lines, township and section lines. Annotation includes major landowners, road names, railroad names, township names, lake names and section numbers.




36 x 48 inches



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