BygoneMaps is creating georeferenced historic map overlays.
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Thank you so much for being (or considering becoming) a patron of BygoneMaps.

I'm in the process of georeferencing original 1850s maps of the Northwest. These maps were drawn using the field notes written by the original surveyors. Some of the original maps look like old pirate maps.
What is georeferencing, you ask?
It’s the process of taking a map image and matching coordinate locations to known GPS positions.
Click on this link to explore a sample map with opacity slider in upper right corner.

Why would one want to do this?
It allows the historic map to be displayed as a layer over existing base maps, including road maps and satellite imagery.  Georeferenced historic imagery can then be imported into mobile devices/apps. This allows you to explore an area and see your GPS position pinpointed on the historic landscape. It's like a form of time-travel.
Things you would have never paid attention to before start to have explanation and purpose. An old row of oak trees in a playground can be seen on the map to be artifacts of old roadway. A lake was once a stranded portion of a shifting river. A brushy area with fruit trees can be identified as a pioneer home site.
The maps are also tools for understanding family genealogy. The maps allow us to explore which families lived next to each other.
This is the history that you would never understand just reading a book. When you can see a road cutting across a field going to a neighbor's house you can begin to understand the connections people had at this time. You can imagine the horse drawn buggy loaded with children jostling down the dirt road bringing up dust in the summer and splattered mud in the winter.
These georeferenced maps can be explored in your neighborhood or as you travel. With the tranparency overlays you can sit at home at explore and learn from the maps. The technology of being able to overlay the historic maps with the current imagery is powerful tool. You will be able to discover things about your surroundings that you would have never been able to do just looking at a single map.
I have developed an efficient workflow to process the maps, but it still takes hours of hand work to transform them. Points have to be selected and matched to data files. There are thousands of these maps. With your support I plan to upgrade my computer system to be able to process the maps faster, and pay for web site development and site hosting.
What's the end product?
The transformed data used will be available on a cloud hosted website that will allow users to explore the map overlays online. The site will have search tools and the ability to download individual maps to your smart device for on the ground exploration.

I appreciate your support.
Paul Cauthorn
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Surveyor
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Willamette
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Oregon Territory
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Regional Funder
Thank you so much for being (or considering becoming) a patron of BygoneMaps.

I'm in the process of georeferencing original 1850s maps of the Northwest. These maps were drawn using the field notes written by the original surveyors. Some of the original maps look like old pirate maps.
What is georeferencing, you ask?
It’s the process of taking a map image and matching coordinate locations to known GPS positions.
Click on this link to explore a sample map with opacity slider in upper right corner.

Why would one want to do this?
It allows the historic map to be displayed as a layer over existing base maps, including road maps and satellite imagery.  Georeferenced historic imagery can then be imported into mobile devices/apps. This allows you to explore an area and see your GPS position pinpointed on the historic landscape. It's like a form of time-travel.
Things you would have never paid attention to before start to have explanation and purpose. An old row of oak trees in a playground can be seen on the map to be artifacts of old roadway. A lake was once a stranded portion of a shifting river. A brushy area with fruit trees can be identified as a pioneer home site.
The maps are also tools for understanding family genealogy. The maps allow us to explore which families lived next to each other.
This is the history that you would never understand just reading a book. When you can see a road cutting across a field going to a neighbor's house you can begin to understand the connections people had at this time. You can imagine the horse drawn buggy loaded with children jostling down the dirt road bringing up dust in the summer and splattered mud in the winter.
These georeferenced maps can be explored in your neighborhood or as you travel. With the tranparency overlays you can sit at home at explore and learn from the maps. The technology of being able to overlay the historic maps with the current imagery is powerful tool. You will be able to discover things about your surroundings that you would have never been able to do just looking at a single map.
I have developed an efficient workflow to process the maps, but it still takes hours of hand work to transform them. Points have to be selected and matched to data files. There are thousands of these maps. With your support I plan to upgrade my computer system to be able to process the maps faster, and pay for web site development and site hosting.
What's the end product?
The transformed data used will be available on a cloud hosted website that will allow users to explore the map overlays online. The site will have search tools and the ability to download individual maps to your smart device for on the ground exploration.

I appreciate your support.
Paul Cauthorn

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