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December 2, 2006 at 2:26 am #30193
The Pioneers although gone have left their impressions everywhere. For instance the old Santa Fe trail can still be followed across the prairies. We have found many of our customers have been looking for these old maps. So we are able to supply this documentary evidence of the original settlers, pathfinders or make the effort to locate an item. 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.
The desert can be your friend as well as your enemy, so we always take extra water which is just as important as a good map. Contemporary maps rarely show the old trails and hidden watering holes, used for centuries by the native Indians. Early surveys contained a great deal of information, including original landmarks, Indian camps and much more.
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