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Question for the town history crowd

Postby Azog » Fri May 13, 2011 12:53 pm

Besides hearing that pigs used to live underneath the capital building I realized lately I don't know much about what the town used to look like before 2000.

If anybody knows a good online resource where I can look at first streets and buildings, sort of watch the progression from then to now, I would really appreciate it.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby Kenneth Burns » Fri May 13, 2011 1:10 pm

Zane Williams' Double Take might interest you. It's a book, which is like online, but with fewer Viagra ads.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby green union terrace chair » Fri May 13, 2011 1:20 pm

For a bird's-eye perspective ...
1. Download Google Earth: http://earth.google.com.
2. Find Madison.
3. There's a button with a clock and arrow icon up top. Click on this and it will display a slider bar with dates. You can shuttle around and compare satellite and aerial photos over time.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby Azog » Fri May 13, 2011 1:49 pm

Viagra ads, eh? So I can read the book and... jk. Thanks for the help all. I did download Google Earth (amazing how much you can see, I can still see my car from when the landlord's plow driver jacked the tranny and left it in neutral right on a hill pointing at my bedroom).

I wish besides just being up to date G. Earth would let you see all the different satelite years. If I was google I would make a version of G. Earth for every year going back a few decades. Green Union Terr, were you succesfully able to see the different time versions of the maps?

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Postby green union terrace chair » Fri May 13, 2011 2:21 pm

Azog wrote:I wish besides just being up to date G. Earth would let you see all the different satelite years. If I was google I would make a version of G. Earth for every year going back a few decades. Green Union Terr, were you succesfully able to see the different time versions of the maps?

Yeah ... did you find the clock/arrow button? It's got data back to 1992.

I'd love satellite data going back further. If only it existed :wink:

Google bought rights to a large swath of what's available. Other stuff is available from other companies but is not free. Anything you see that zooms into the three closest levels is likely taken from planes, not satellites.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby Azog » Fri May 13, 2011 2:54 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:
Azog wrote:I wish besides just being up to date G. Earth would let you see all the different satelite years. If I was google I would make a version of G. Earth for every year going back a few decades. Green Union Terr, were you succesfully able to see the different time versions of the maps?

Yeah ... did you find the clock/arrow button? It's got data back to 1992.

I'd love satellite data going back further. If only it existed :wink:

Google bought rights to a large swath of what's available. Other stuff is available from other companies but is not free. Anything you see that zooms into the three closest levels is likely taken from planes, not satellites.


I totally can't find the clock/arrow button (so many buttons) hm. I wonder how they superimpose plane imagery over accurate scale maps like that.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby green union terrace chair » Fri May 13, 2011 3:05 pm

Azog wrote:I totally can't find the clock/arrow button (so many buttons) hm. I wonder how they superimpose plane imagery over accurate scale maps like that.

It's on the top row of buttons (top of the screen below the menu bar), to the left of a button with a sun rising over the horizon.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby Azog » Fri May 13, 2011 3:14 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:
Azog wrote:I totally can't find the clock/arrow button (so many buttons) hm. I wonder how they superimpose plane imagery over accurate scale maps like that.

It's on the top row of buttons (top of the screen below the menu bar), to the left of a button with a sun rising over the horizon.


I appreciate your help :) Usually I'm quite opposite of a noob but I've never used this program before. I wish I could post a screen shot because a lot of things it shows are only visible if you select them. What I have at the top left is [File Edit View Tools Add Help]. Directly under top left is a Search menu. To the right of the search menu are image icons [Hide Searchbar | Add Placemark | Add Polygon | Add Image Overlay | Record Video | ....

OH. There it is - Thank you!

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby narcoleptish » Fri May 13, 2011 5:26 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:
3. There's a button with a clock and arrow icon up top. Click on this and it will display a slider bar with dates. You can shuttle around and compare satellite and aerial photos over time.


You know, I really didn't need to know this. I've already killed enough time on google earth to have completed my first novel or built an addition on the house. Guess I'll go make a pot of coffee and get comfortable.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby ArturoBandini » Fri May 13, 2011 5:38 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:I'd love satellite data going back further. If only it existed :wink:

Pshaw. Bing 3D has satellite images dating back to the 1920's. You can move the slider back and forth and watch the Hoover Dam being built. Everything looks so quaint in sepia tone! If you scroll over to White Sands, you can watch the advent of modern rocketry.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby green union terrace chair » Fri May 13, 2011 6:18 pm

Azog wrote:OH. There it is - Thank you!

I'm glad I could help! I hope you find it useful.

narcoleptish wrote:You know, I really didn't need to know this. I've already killed enough time on google earth to have completed my first novel or built an addition on the house. Guess I'll go make a pot of coffee and get comfortable.

You're welcome or I'm sorry, whichever you prefer.

Have you tried the included flight simulator? (It's under "Tools.")

ArturoBandini wrote:Pshaw. Bing 3D has satellite images dating back to the 1920's. You can move the slider back and forth and watch the Hoover Dam being built. Everything looks so quaint in sepia tone! If you scroll over to White Sands, you can watch the advent of modern rocketry.

Sounds like a candidate for Google's next April Fool's Day product.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby Azog » Fri May 13, 2011 11:52 pm

ArturoBandini wrote:
green union terrace chair wrote:I'd love satellite data going back further. If only it existed :wink:

Pshaw. Bing 3D has satellite images dating back to the 1920's. You can move the slider back and forth and watch the Hoover Dam being built. Everything looks so quaint in sepia tone! If you scroll over to White Sands, you can watch the advent of modern rocketry.


Okay now I can't find the slider for that.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby Azog » Mon May 16, 2011 9:17 pm

Azog wrote:
ArturoBandini wrote:
green union terrace chair wrote:I'd love satellite data going back further. If only it existed :wink:

Pshaw. Bing 3D has satellite images dating back to the 1920's. You can move the slider back and forth and watch the Hoover Dam being built. Everything looks so quaint in sepia tone! If you scroll over to White Sands, you can watch the advent of modern rocketry.


Okay now I can't find the slider for that.


Not to be a bug, but I am still trying to find out how to find the slider on Bing 3d. I installed it and it just works in my browser so I don't know if there's a stand alone platform for Bing 3d. If anybody knows how to look back at the 1920's and find the Bing 3d slider I will be grateful for the info.

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Re: Question for the town history crowd

Postby green union terrace chair » Tue May 17, 2011 2:24 am

Azog wrote:
Azog wrote:
ArturoBandini wrote:Pshaw. Bing 3D has satellite images dating back to the 1920's. You can move the slider back and forth and watch the Hoover Dam being built. Everything looks so quaint in sepia tone! If you scroll over to White Sands, you can watch the advent of modern rocketry.


Okay now I can't find the slider for that.


Not to be a bug, but I am still trying to find out how to find the slider on Bing 3d. I installed it and it just works in my browser so I don't know if there's a stand alone platform for Bing 3d. If anybody knows how to look back at the 1920's and find the Bing 3d slider I will be grateful for the info.

I didn't reply because I thought you were joking (because Arturo was joking). Think about when Sputnik was launched and then what 1920s satellite technology was like. (Hint: It wasn't.)


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