This excellent blog about the history of drinking in St. Louis, Missouri here focuses on the 1875 Compton & Dry "pictorial map" of St. Louis. It is an aerial view of the city before there were airplanes. Compton's "goal was to publish a fully detailed perspective drawing of St. Louis. In it, every building, street, park, landmark, business, church, and structure would be drawn in detailed precision." Go check it out to see how successful he was.