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Subject: Using old maps to find new untouched sites

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Date Posted: 10:42:07 12/02/06 Sat

The old 49er Prospectors although gone have left their impressions everywhere. For instance the Southwest is littered with the remnants of disused mining camps and tailings. The old Santa Fe trail can still be followed across the prairies, but you have to locate the wagon tracks. We have found many of our customers have been looking for these old maps that indicate just these forgotten icons of the past. So we are able to supply this documentary evidence of the original settlers, pathfinders, miners in our gallery or make the effort to locate an item for you.

My suggestion to these healthy, outdoor people is buy some old maps of their area. Although greatly changed by years of progress many of the original trails, although now faded can be even located today. One of the great assets for this type of adventure can be the United States Geological Survey maps. Known Nationwide as Topo maps this can be very detailed survey maps that have been available since their 19th century inception, to the current series. This government "Topo" maps are so accurate, that the early additions would identify even the smallest of human habitat. A common dot was not a blemish on the paper, but would indicate a pioneers shack or cabin. I used these maps for years to find long-forgotten human activity, which would explain small mounds of broken glass of other debris. A good, healthy walk using these cartographic surveys can locate old Indian trails, which can no longer be distinguished on a modern map. In addition, our maps go back prior to the advent of finding gold in California. Gold and other precious metals have been found throughout North America. The Spanish were melting gold into ingots, back in the 16th century before they realized that California was not an ISLAND. Stories of treasure abound throughout our land, as well as hidden hoards of gold buried by the Jesuit missionaries. Course I can't guarantee you will find a lost mine, but their is still a lot of lost stuff out there--but you got to know where to look.


Come and see our huge gallery of early maps, that are ideal for the avid researcher.

Christmas and the winter holidays are here again, and we offer special incentives to buy. Discount coupons and a free map when you buy from us. Great gifts for the hard to please. Our maps look wonderful when framed and stand the test of time as a family heirloom.


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