How did Google find Lenoir, a moving target on these maps?

In 1847, the North Carolina legislature approved the incorporation of the Caldwell and Ashe Turnpike. The purpose of this thoroughfare was to facilitate trade between western Virginia, Tennessee, and even Kentucky with North Carolina via a route through what is now Watauga and Caldwell counties.This scenic toll road connected Johnson City, TN, with Lenoir, North Carolina, the latter now home to a Google data center. The Caldwell and Ashe Turnpike was completed within a few years and persists today on our State highway map as U.S. Highway 321. What did it look like on the great North Carolina wall maps of the 1850s? Continue reading “How did Google find Lenoir, a moving target on these maps?”

ISHMap-List: new Map History email listserv

Back in the old days, questions or announcements related to any aspect of cartographic history were easily broadcast far and wide via the MapHist listserv.  A few years ago, MapHist migrated away from an email listserv to an on line forum. Although well designed, the forum has failed to maintain the passion and level of discussion that existed previously in MapHist’s listserv format. In an effort to recapture those qualities, the International Society for the History of the Map recently created the ISHMap-List, an email listserv open to anyone interested in cartographic history. You can sign up for this email discussion group at no charge via this web site:

Although membership in ISHM is not required to subscribe to ISHMap-List, you are welcome to join ISHM here.

Update: An announcement was made on 19 June 2014 that the MapHist Forum will be closed and web site removed by January 2015. That’s  all the more reason to sign up for the ISHMap-List.

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NC ROCKS! Geological maps of North Carolina

A variety of maps, including political maps, terrain/topographic maps, and transportation maps all share at least one thing in common: They receive far more attention than geological maps. Yet, some of the most colorful and attractive maps are those depicting our geology. Continue reading “NC ROCKS! Geological maps of North Carolina”