Friday, July 1, 2022

An Amazing Assortment of Railroad Maps

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has a great assortment of historical maps, including quite a few railroad maps. The interface to zoom in and pan is really well implemented and the maps listed below are wonderful visual references to the importance of railroading in the late 1800s and the turn of the century.

Erie Railroad - 1927

Interactive Map > 


Lackawanna Railroad.
The Road of Anthracite. Through Car Routes

Lovely Pamphlet >

Interactive Map > 


Santa Fe -  1904


Railways of Canada - 1886


Railroad map U.S. - 1890


Denver and Rio Grande Railroad System - 1883


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Map Quizzes

Geography Games - Seterra Geography  Quizzes

This is a great site - there are a large assortment of map quizzes to choose from. Some are easy, some are fairly difficult! Highly recommended...


Map Quizzes >


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Early Human Migration

Fascinating data visualizations of our migratory ancestry as humans ...

How did our species become the last surviving hominin on the planet?

Max Planck Institute and the University of Michigan

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27 million people linked in largest-ever family tree

Researchers at the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute have created the largest-ever family tree, which links more than 27 million people — both living and long dead — across the world.

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Point Nemo

Have you ever heard of Point Nemo?

At more than 1,000 miles from civilization, its considered the most remote location on Planet Earth... It lies between New Zealand and South America and is fittingly known as the spacecraft cemetery, as the United States, Russia, Japan, and Europe have used it to dump some 263 pieces of space debris since 1971.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Antique New York State Maps

  • From the David Rumsey Collection
  • Fully Interactive (pan, zoom, etc.)

Map Of The State Of New York With the Latest Improvements (1845)

Interactive Map >

Note the side panel illustrations of Mountains and Rivers

  • Ballston Lake = Long Lake 
  • Lake George Village = Caldwell

Engineers Map of The State Of New York (1864)

Showing State Division into "agricultural Groups"

Interactive Map >

  • Outline color by agricultural group. 
  • Shows canals, railroads in operation, in progress, and proposed.
  • Note clear views of the railroads

1879 - New York Wilderness And The Adirondacks

  • Great Detail
  • Even many hotels are listed!

New York State - 1895

Interactive Map >

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Where angry waters roll (1936 US Flood Map)

Where angry waters roll (1936 US Flood Map)

Fascinating data visualization of flood prone areas across the United States from the David Rumsey Collection 


Interactive Map >
(zoom and pan)