Land Use Histories

Using historical maps, aerial photographs, field examinations, title searches, and archived and published documents, HRA historians trace the background of important sites. These include public and private lands, disputed roadways, Indian reservations, water sources, and historic travel corridors.

We provide public and private clients with research, analysis, and reports to address issues such as land ownership, the uses and locations of historic roadways or travel corridors, boundary locations, and water use.

Our thoroughly documented land use histories serve a wide variety of purposes, from supporting litigation to the creation of interpretive signage, walking tours, website content, and engaging exhibits.

Our services include:

  • Land title research
  • Historical map review
  • Field examinations
  • Historical analysis and reports
  • Interpretive signage and exhibits


A log flume coming from the mill in Palmer, Oregon toward Bridal Veil, c. 1896. Our land use histories trace the use and management of natural resources such as forests, water, farming and range lands, minerals, and oil and gas.

Featured Projects

Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgic Superfund Site

Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Superfund Site Homestead and tailing ponds and piles near Wallace, Idaho. Copyright 2017 by Heather Lee Miller. Contracted since 2010 to Coeur D’Alene Trust (Trust), HRA has been assisting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

North Cascades National Park

National Park Service North Cascades National Park Potentially Responsible Party Search North Cascades National Park entrance. Copyright 2015 Bob the Camper At the request of the National Park Service (NPS), HRA conducted research into the historical use and ownership...

Carten Creek Road

Carten Creek Road Map of the area around Carten Creek in Montana. HRA digs deep into the history of an area to shed light on present-day legal issues, such as this conflict over whether a road was public or private. HRA historians researched the history of a rural...

Featured Team Members

Historical Research

Administrative and
Corporate History

HRA’s administrative and corporate histories turn past experience into present value by helping to impart institutional knowledge to managers, staff, and the general public.

Interpretive Planning and Exhibit Development

HRA provides research, writing, layout, and design for various forms of interpretive content and exhibits.

Digital History

HRA, in partnership with the University of West Florida, has created one of the most innovative and comprehensive heritage tourism apps on the market—Next Exit History™.…

Oral History

HRA conducts oral history interviews with a wide range of participants, from technical staff to tribal representatives.

Books and Published Materials

HRA writes book length manuscripts suitable for a wide variety of audiences, from academics to the general public.