If you have a nostalgic genealogist or a geographer in your family, Whitney Annex (3032 Hennepin Ave. S.) may have a perfect gift for them. The bookstore that specializes in rare prints and maps is currently selling original "Plat Maps" of Minneapolis from 1903.
Plat maps are a surveying term used for buying and selling land. The maps detail Minneapolis' streets and buildings block by block in 1903. The maps are sold as is, in addition to matted and framed. Prices vary by block, with blocks in downtown and near the lakes selling for the most.
Price: Starts around $200.
Co-Owner Kathleen Gonzalez said a good starting price is around $200
Where available: Whitney Annex, 3032 Hennepin Ave. S. (M-F 10 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m., 10 p.m.). Call 822-4700.