Oxford hasn’t always looked the way it does today. Before the paved roads, the restaurant chains and the bars, it was a patch of mostly uninhabited woods. The village was laid out in 1810, about a year after Miami University was chartered. By 1830, Oxford claimed about 700 residents, according to the city’s website.
Oxford didn’t become an actual city until 1971. Over the years, much has changed, but much has stayed the same.
To get a look at how Oxford appears today compared to its earlier years, the Oxford Observer has created a set of comparable photos of Uptown. The older images are from the Smith Library of Regional History. The comparisons show how the town has aged and changed, but if you look closely, you can still see the face of old Oxford in the shops and streetscapes that we know today.
If you would like a closer inspection of what the city once looked like, the Smith Library has created a self-guided walking tour of Oxford.