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January 12, 2006

Lowell Atlases online

by @ 10:19 am. Filed under History

Congratulations to the Lowell National Historical Park and the UMass Lowell’s Center for Lowell History for making three excellent historical atlases of Lowell available online. These are full color atlases that contain an incredible level of detail including the footprint of buildings on various lots, the name of the building owner, the square footage of the lot and the building symbols are color coded by usage. Atlas No. 1 is from 1896; Atlas No. 2 is from 1924; and Atlas No. 3 is from 1879. I’ve always hoped to incorporate these atlases into our map-based system for organizing historic records, so it’s wonderful to learn that someone’s successfully converted them to digital images. Thanks for that very valuable accomplishment.

One Response to “Lowell Atlases online”

  1. Tom Whiting Says:

    Dick,

    I downloaded the maps for my neighborhood and then imported them into Google Earth. Whith Google Earth you can overlay impages and orient them to line up with the aerial photos. I did this with the Atlas maps. It is kind of cool. It gives an additional way to trace the ownership of your property. I was able to see that there was no house on my lot in 1879, but by 1896 there was. Also, my neighbor’s house, which the assessors office say was constructed about 1930 looks like it was actuall there before mine.

    Someday I see all this information being integrated (just like you have mentioned in the blog). I’ve been using GIS for a long time. The tools keep getting easier to use.

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