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ghostsofnorthdakota
07-20-2005, 10:53 AM
Can anybody reccommend a good website or method of tracking down the exact location of towns?

We've developed a mastery of Mapquest and Terraserver, but what do you do when you find literary references to a town in old newspapers and such, but you can't find it on any map?

We've also delved into old railroad maps as a source of information, but does anybody else have suggestions?

old judge
07-20-2005, 11:12 AM
Go to the USGS Geographic Names Information Site (just Google GNIS). An amazing number of old towns can be located, though it may be listed as an old school site or cemetery, etc. instead of as a populated place. Your query will be answered with info which includes Lat. and Long. Run that info through topozone and you'll often be surprised at what you learn. Mike

Bob
07-20-2005, 12:23 PM
I love old maps which are very useful. I have my own for nevada but here are a couple URL’s to get you started:

http://www.davidrumsey.com/

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/hist_sites.html

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html


The old railroad maps at the Library of Congress should be really useful for your neck of the woods :)

High Desert Drifter
07-20-2005, 07:19 PM
Asside from the web sites listed above by the others, I rely heavily on my mapping software "mapsource - Topo" hundreds of old townsites, mining camps and mines are listed here as well as jurisdiction (blm/dept. forrestry etc..) works with the Garmin Gps and has lots of neet tools to assist you with your exploring like waypoints, grids, etc..

with this software you can actually scan an area and identify these sites. works especially well if you are visitng an area and want to know what other sites are nearby or if you have a county or idea of where a site may be to scan search and document by coordinates.

Dezdan
07-20-2005, 08:59 PM
I believe the basics have been covered, though none specify stated, good ole topographic maps (paper or digital form) are often very handy. The only other advice I can offer is to look for a 'place names' book, as they often will tell you if a town/site switched names or where the name of a site was derived from. I have found that 'place name' books can be rather helpful.

~Dezdan

GaryB
07-21-2005, 06:36 PM
I have been playing with World Wind, a program from NASA. It's similar to other satellite programs, but you can flip back and forth to the USGS maps. But you need high speed internet to fully enjoy it, it's a bandwith/graphics hog. http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/


I found some interesting stuff on the USGS maps it uses. Shows a lot of old sites.

Even has Area 51 blocked out, which is funny because nothing is there anyways, right?;)