The Denton Public Library Special Collections has a bird’s eye view of Denton displayed at the Emily Fowler Central Library. This map was created in 1883 by August Koch. The map depicts Denton from the north east, and shows the railroad depot, the 1875 courthouse, the flour mills, and many other historic buildings in town.
August Koch was born around 1840 in Birnbaum, Germany. Throughout his career of creating bird’s eye view maps, he traveled to Iowa, California, New York, Alabama, and Texas. He created twenty-four views of Texas cities.
A website, created by the Amon Carter museum, www.birdseyeviews.org, features many of Koch’s maps, including the map of Denton. The website allows the user to zoom in and out to view details, provides information about the map and supporting illustrations.
Kathy is the Senior Librarian in Special Collections at the Emily Fowler Central Library.