Mapping the past

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(Photo via Flickr user Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL)

 

A new mapping and database site tracks historical maps through Google Earth. Old maps are scanned in then laid over with current street names and landmarks. 

Basically, you get to see what’s changed and what’s stayed. 

The San Fernando map dates back to 1880 when a state engineer surveyed water routes. The topographer drew in city land divisions, mountains, rivers, railroads and roads.

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Written by Max Zimbert

December 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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