Saturday, January 30, 2016

1924 Snapshot of New York State’s Trolleys

A series of ten mobile-friendly zoomable maps of various regions of New York State, detailing the interurban systems in 1924. The interactive maps are the centerpiece of the site but timelines and an abundance of links to other sites on New York State trolleys create an interesting history-saturated "launching pad" for research on this subject.

Other New England States will eventually be added as all.

Northeast Interurbans (A 1924 Snapshot) >

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mayan Civilization

The Mayans

The Maya civilization developed in an area that encompasses southeastern Mexico, all of Guatemala and Belize, and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador.

The Maya recorded their history and ritual knowledge in screenfold books, of which only three uncontested examples remain, the rest having been destroyed by the Spanish. The Maya developed a highly complex series of interlocking ritual calendars, and employed mathematics that included one of the earliest instances of the explicit zero in the world. As a part of their religion, the Maya practiced human sacrifice.

The Mayans were noted for their hieroglyphic script, the only known fully developed writing system of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as for its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems.

The Mayan Civilization (Cities)

Trade Routes


Numerous city ruins have been discovered in the jungles of Yucatan. The principal architecture of these cities consisted of palaces, pyramid-temples, ceremonial ballcourts, and structures aligned for astronomical observation. 

Mayan Causeway

Mayan causeway systems linked important features of a city to one another and later linked cities with other cities. These causeways, created above the ground level, were paved with crushed white stone, and were known as by their Maya name sacbe ("white way").

Causeway at Labna

Friday, January 8, 2016

Albany/Schenectady Area Trolleys

Two Highlights from a Web Site Detailing History in Upstate NY

Chock full of historical info and photos, maps and “trips in the field” - this site details history on railroads and trolleys in the area, Native Americans settlement in the area as well as how Glacier Flooding created the landscape.

The before and after is much better now!
Scroll to the bottom of the page
Then and Now
Trolley Bridge - Then and Now  Schenectady, NY
Interactive Map 
1924 Trolley Lines in the Albany/Schenectady Area
Interactive Map of Interurbans in the Albany/Schenectady Area- 1924 -

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