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Map Collections (Map, Atlas and Globe Museums)

Maps help us to understand and manage our world. Reaching all the way back to cavemen and the Stone Age, drawings can be found depicting hunting grounds, water sources and other crucial life sustaining information. Prehistoric man marked their ‘roads’ with symbols to guide hunting parties towards their prey. Early sea-faring explorers used the stars […]

Washington D.C. Original Boundary and Boundary Stones

Washington, D.C. is one of the most unique jurisdictions in our country. The District of Columbia, our nation’s capital, has a population of nearly 660 thousand and encompasses 68.3 square miles. It is situated on the northeast bank of the Potomac River and borders the states of Maryland and Virginia, both of which originally donated […]

State Speed Limits

For a period of just over 20 years (1974-1995) there was a National Maximum Speed Law in place, which prohibited speed limits higher than 55 mph on interstate highways and similar access roads. The law was part of the 1974 Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act, and was created in response to the 1973 oil crisis. […]

U.S. Counties – A Brief History and Overview

U.S. Counties – A Brief History and Overview What? There is an association for counties in the U.S.? Yes, it’s true, there is! The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. There are currently 3,069 counties in the U.S. which vary greatly in size, […]

Mapping: Detroit – a City with a Bright Future

I have had the good fortune to have met and worked with Joel Makower earlier in my career. He inspired me then, and still does today. In celebration of Earth Day 2015, we’d like to share with you one of Joel’s recent articles about Detroit, a city much beleaguered in the new millenium, but with […]

The “38 States” of America

The 1970s weren’t just disco balls and gas shortages. There was another movement on the horizon, the “38 States”, though it never did gain enough traction to take hold, but what if it had? What state would you be living in today? How would your business and territories be impacted? C. Etzel Pearcy was a […]

Newspaper Map – World Newspapers

Newspaper Map – Web Resource Okay news junkies and map geeks, check out this fabulous interactive website:! Not only is it visually stunning, it is an excellent online tool for anyone interested in local news. The developers of the website, located in Sweden, have this motto: All news is local news Local perspectives on global […]

ISPCA Emergency Beacon System

The program is a satellite-based search and rescue (SAR) distress alert detection and information system, which ‘listens and watches’ for emergency beacon signals activated by aircraft, ships and backcountry hikers in distress.

World’s Largest Oil Spills (25th Anniversary of Exxon-Valdez)

On March 24, 1989, exactly 25 years ago today, the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in the Prince William Sound in Alaska. More than 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the pristine water. It was the largest oil spill in the U.S. at the time. The disaster had far-reaching effects. With fishermen no […]

Best Satellite Image of 2013?

Best Satellite Image of 2013? Want to vote for your favorite image of the year from Digital Globe? The top 20 images have been narrowed to 5, and you can like your favorite(s) on their Facebook page. Voting is open until the end of the year (12/31/13). These are some pretty neat satellite images. How […]