Friday, November 18, 2011

Historical Maps Roundup

Amy Standen, "New Water Map Washes Away An Urban Legend," KQED, October 29

A new, revised map of San Francisco has hit the stands. It's not a street map or a bus map; it's a map of the city's underground waterways, and it includes a change to what could be San Francisco's oldest urban legend. The map is the work of creek geologists Janet Sowers and Christopher Richard. They're like water detectives; they hunt for clues of old creeks and marshes that once ran through San Francisco. One mystery has nagged Richard for years.>>>

"UW librarians create digital historical street map," November 15, 2011

WATERLOO REGION — If you squint just right, you can almost imagine what Dearborn Street would have looked like before the University of Waterloo, before the plazas came and the condos appeared.>>>

Agustin Armendariz, "Historic California Maps: The U.S. Geological Survey Adds Over 13,000 Historical Topographic Maps To Its Archive," Huffington Post, November 10, 2011

This week, the U.S. Geological Survey added 13,688 historical California topographic maps to its online archive, hundreds of which date back to the 1800s. From the Gold Rush town of Downieville in the Sierras to El Cajon in the hills above San Diego Bay, the maps provide a picture of California from before the 20th century through the past decade.>>>

Benjamin Sutton, "Historical Map Reveals Location of Brooklyn's Native American Burial Ground," L Magazine, November 2, 2011

The Brooklyn Historical Society has lots of cool old maps, the latest of which it posted yesterday. It's Brooklyn Borough Historian (1944-71) James A. Kelly's 1946 "Indian villages, paths, ponds, and places in Kings County" map, and in addition to known Native American settlements in the borough and the routes connecting them, it also situates a major burial ground smack in the middle of brownstone Brooklyn.>>>

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