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Offline RichardM

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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2012, 08:09:42 AM »
Yeah, I figured military was probably the answer but then had trouble wrapping my mind around any military scenario for the map area.
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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2013, 01:11:19 AM »
Took a couple of the old maps from this thread and overlayed them into Google Earth.  They looked pretty cool so I thought I'd share.  I'll do more later.  I'm impressed by the cartography skills from over a hundred years ago.  Pretty darn good.

Chisos Mountains - 1903
Bone Spring - 1917
« Last Edit: September 26, 2013, 01:59:26 PM by lsnead »
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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2013, 07:48:24 AM »
Took a couple of the old maps from this thread and overlayed them into Google Earth.  They looked pretty cool so I thought I'd share.  I'll do more later.  I'm impressed by the cartography skills from over a hundred years ago.  Pretty darn good.

Chisos Mountains - 1913
Bone Spring - 1903

Awesome job Lance.
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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2013, 02:37:47 PM »
Took a couple of the old maps from this thread and overlayed them into Google Earth.  They looked pretty cool so I thought I'd share.  I'll do more later.  I'm impressed by the cartography skills from over a hundred years ago.  Pretty darn good.

Chisos Mountains - 1913
Bone Spring - 1903

Here's 5 more historical maps from 1931.  I had a eureka moment and realized all I needed to do was take the coordinates of each corner and enter them into Google Earth.  After that I could overlay the historical maps much easier.  I was doing it by hand at first and it was frustratingly painful.  I think what I'll do next is crop the outer portions of each map and stitch them together into one seamless map for viewing.  Enjoy and have fun exploring!

Terlinga Abaja - 1931
Paint Gap - 1931
Emory Peak - 1931
Chisos Mine - 1931
Chilicotal - 1931
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Offline MikeW

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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2013, 03:10:49 PM »
Lance... thanks SO much! That's just very cool.

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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2013, 06:06:31 PM »
Dude.

How am I supposed to get any work done when you're posting cool stuff like this? 

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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2013, 06:22:13 PM »
Dude.

How am I supposed to get any work done when you're posting cool stuff like this? 

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Your not..  ;)
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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2013, 09:16:19 PM »
I really like being able to see where the old roads and trails were and what do you know they all tend to follow the water...  ;)
Thank you, Lance!  :icon_cool:

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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2013, 09:14:37 AM »
A bunch of die-hards, I'm thinking. When it's too hot to hike, we just go "virtual."

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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2013, 11:16:36 AM »
I think what I'll do next is crop the outer portions of each map and stitch them together into one seamless map for viewing.

Okay, I figured out how to do this relatively easy.  I've stitched all the 1917 maps I could find (13 in total) and 2 from 1902 and 1903 for the Chisos Mountains and Terlingua areas.

Big Bend Historical USGS Topographical Overlay - 1902-1917 (80 MB)

You can also adjust the transparency by clicking on the layer button and adjusting the slider.

« Last Edit: August 09, 2013, 09:01:30 AM by lsnead »
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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2013, 06:29:35 PM »
Here is a super-overlay using maps from 1931.

Big Bend Historical Topo - 1931
« Last Edit: June 04, 2013, 07:48:10 PM by lsnead »
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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2013, 07:01:20 PM »
Awesome stuff Lance.
John & Tess

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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2013, 09:31:32 PM »
Hey Lance, could you dumb it down for a guy who still doesn't have a cell phone and tell me what I need to do to see your .kmz maps?
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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #28 on: June 03, 2013, 09:37:50 PM »
Hey Lance, could you dumb it down for a guy who still doesn't have a cell phone and tell me what I need to do to see your .kmz maps?

All you need to do is download and install Google Earth.  That's it.
You can get it here.  It's easy and fast to install, just click 'Next' until it's finished.  After that you can open KML/KMZ files.  A KMZ file is nothing but a zipped up KML file.  I'll email you my 'special' KMZ file that's not quite ready for public consumption, but goes well with these maps.
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Re: Old Maps
« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2013, 08:01:28 AM »
Really well done, sir.  You very possibly have a fixation that is just as severe as the one Buck has for Cattail Canyon!
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