In our latest assignment, our job is to pick a neighborhood of Houston (more specifically, a Sanborn sheet) and do some researching into its buildings, businesses, and the people who lived there at the time. My team chose this section of Houston, which is actually pretty cool, because the neighborhoods seem completely different on either side of the railroad tracks, and the Brazos Hotel has an ice cream maker! Today, at the Briscoe Center (an archive at UT where we’ll be doing our research), we pulled out a physical copy of it. It was actually really exciting to look over; the purpose of Sanborn maps were to estimate fire insurance liabilities. That’s why there are different colors to specify what the buildings were made of, and there are diagrams of water pipelines and such.