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

Featured Members

Featured Projects

Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgic Superfund Site

Contracted since 2010 to Coeur D’Alene Trust (Trust), HRA has been assisting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in following its applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements in order to comply with the substance of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as regards its cleanup actions at the Bunker Hill Superfund Site (BHSS) in Northern Idaho’s Silver Valley.

Carten Creek Road

HRA historians researched the history of a rural road in western Montana to determine if it was ever managed and maintained as a public thoroughfare.

History of RS 2477 Roads in Kane County, Utah

HRA conducted research and completed field studies of twelve rural roads located in Kane County, Utah, which were the source of a dispute relating to their status as potential RS 2477 rights-of-way. RS 2477 is a provision of an 1866 mining law under which Congress authorized rights-of-way across public lands “not otherwise reserved for public purposes.” In recent years, the statute has engendered legal conflicts pertaining to the ownership of roads in many western states.

North Cascades National Park

At the request of the National Park Service (NPS), HRA conducted research into the historical use and ownership of the two firing ranges in the North Cascades National Park Service Complex in Whatcom and Chelan Counties, Washington. The two ranges had been identified as hazardous waste sites due to lead contamination in the soil.

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.

Books and Published Materials

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

Interpretive Planning and Exhibit Development

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

Oral History

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