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old judge
10-15-2004, 01:41 PM
In cruising old threads on this site, I found many apparently unanswered "anyboby know where ___ is?" queries. Out of curiousity I looked up many at www.topozone.com (http://www.topozone.com/) and found most were right there for the looking. My own practice is to then go to www.terraserver.com (http://www.terraserver.com/) and pick off some often pretty good aerial photos of the site. This proves helpful in judging approaches to remote sites, and predicting the difficulty of access if better info is not otherwise available. Good hunting, Old Judge

Johnnie
10-15-2004, 04:42 PM
Great web site A great tool when out exploring as you mention, along with the tool that i posted (www weatherbug.com" We like to know how to "high light" the web site like you did on your posting, But we are not that experienced with all the tricks availible.

Johnnie

caver
10-15-2004, 04:45 PM
I use Garmin Mapsource topo and ExpertGPS which overlays terraserver maps/aerial photos with your tracklogs and waypoints. With a broadband you can grab the map and pan all around. I found an old railroad tunnel this way. Nobody seems to know about it by the apparent lack of visitation and remoteness. http://caver.smugmug.com/photos/7401731-M.jpg

old judge
10-16-2004, 03:50 AM
Johnnie, If you type it www.weatherbug.com (http://www.weatherbug.com) without the parens and apostrophes, it should light up like a christmas tree, unless that's some computer thing not common to all. My wife would know that but she's out for the day. Old Judge

Johnnie
10-16-2004, 08:02 AM
Thanks! we will check it out

Johnnie

TNTPERFORMANCE
12-05-2007, 10:56 AM
I use Garmin Mapsource topo and ExpertGPS which overlays terraserver maps/aerial photos with your tracklogs and waypoints. With a broadband you can grab the map and pan all around. I found an old railroad tunnel this way. Nobody seems to know about it by the apparent lack of visitation and remoteness. http://caver.smugmug.com/photos/7401731-M.jpg
Where is this at?1250I have been looking for something like this in the havasu area for a while now.I have been told it was used as a storage area for parts and supplies,ammo and other things. I have been told there is rail road tracks going into this cave and it opens up inside big enough to park a 747 jet inside.
1249By the way.

Rockcrusher
12-10-2007, 07:27 AM
You can also query GNIS (http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/) for the site you are trying to locate.

Once GNIS returns the query result(s) you can click on it and a brief will display . . . and a box on the right side of the screen will show some mapping services that are linked to GNIS. Click on one of those and you can see what's there.

ghostsofnorthdakota
12-11-2007, 01:03 PM
We were big fans of Terraserver, Topozone, Mapquest, and some other services until we discovered Google Earth.

Now it's the only software I use to find ghost towns.

http://www.ghostsofnorthdakota.com

Gravelrash
12-11-2007, 02:35 PM
Ditto. GoogleEarth has been a real boon to me. I enjoy taking the "mud maps" provided for each state/county, on the interactive map, and using GE to do armchair exploring.
As I'm "over here", it's all I am able to do at the moment, as far as American ghost towns are concerned, but GE has enabled me to locate 2 sites here in Victoria that out-of-date maps had kept hidden from me. Can't hide from that eye in the sky!

TNTPERFORMANCE
12-11-2007, 02:39 PM
We were big fans of Terraserver, Topozone, Mapquest, and some other services until we discovered Google Earth.

Now it's the only software I use to find ghost towns.

http://www.ghostsofnorthdakota.com

I used google earth till I found NASA World Wind.
Some areas you can't see with google. 1251
The best part about NASA is you can switch from digital to topo.1252

oldman3000t
02-11-2008, 06:39 PM
I use my laptop with my Garmin plug in, I found the State Topo from National Geographic great while driving and to plan trips. Nothing is better then using real time data on topo maps while driving. Also when you take pictures or find things you can add way points, tranfer picture to topo and write comments. Also the state topo can be updated. It cost a little but for keeping your trips I find this to be my answer. It work great in Colorado and California. I plan to add more states this year. Also I hate to say when I get older my eyes are not what they use to be, the laptop picture in 32 bit color is much better than Garmin display.

Mike
San Diego