The Kroll Map Company, Inc., has been a fixture of the downtown business community in Seattle for over a century. Three generations of the Loacker family have continued the work started by founder Carl Kroll, an Austrian immigrant who first arrived in Seattle in 1903. Kroll worked as a cartographer for the Anderson Map Company, until he started his own map company in 1911.
“WE APPRECIATE THE ASSOCIATION WITH
ANOTHER OLD SEATTLE COMPANY
THAT HAS SURVIVED.”
Since that time, Kroll has produced hundreds of maps ranging from survey plat record maps of Washington counties, to “bird’s eye” aerial views, maps showing Seattle’s changing infrastructure over time, and other customized maps showing the changing topography of Washington and Alaska. Map making itself (cartography) has changed over time, from using glass photographic negative plates and hand-colored boundaries found in Seattle atlases, to the use of scanners and other new digital technologies to both archive older maps and create new ones for clients. However, it has continued to remain a time-consuming process, which attention to the smallest detail critical for success. John Loacker, third generation of owner of the Kroll Map Company in Seattle, has compared the legacy his grandfather started as one that is shared today with Filson: “We appreciate the association with another old Seattle company that has survived.”