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  • September 2, 2013

Smithsonian and ESRI use Rumsey Maps in New Time Viewer

The online Smithsonian Magazine has partnered with Allen Carroll and Bern Szukalski at ESRI's story maps to create urban history time viewers showing changes in the growth of six American cities using georeferenced maps from the Rumsey Collection. You can experience all the map viewers here.

Below are two images of Colton's 1836 Map of New York City compared to a modern satellite image, using the "spyglass" map viewer created by the ESRI map story team. You can switch between the old map and the modern map as a base, using the "Swap Views" button in the upper right corner. See the live interactive viewer here.

Five other cities are shown: Chicago in 1868, Denver in 1879, Los Angeles in 1880, Washington D.C. in 1851, and San Francisco in 1859.

You can see more ESRI story maps on other topics and themes here.

2 Comments on Smithsonian and ESRI use Rumsey Maps in New Time Viewer
Marc Cheshire on September 3, 2013 at 1:09AM wrote:

I thought you might like to see a post I did on my blog about this great project: http://crotonhistory.org/2013/09/02/the-ultimate-birds-eye-view-of-manhattan/ #

RalfLippold on September 3, 2013 at 3:16AM wrote:

Great work - the power of artful technology use! #