I have become intrigued with reading historical markers wherever I encounter them when I travel. During our across the USA journey this past July I often exasperated my wife with my commitment to reading and photographing them in the various states we visited. And I didn't even stop for all of them I saw!! It is a good thing we kept moving.
|Mayo Clinic Historic Marker - Near Rochester, MN|
1. Of all the counties in the whole United States one might select, Cortland County New York is the only county Google Maps has created a data base for.
2. I always warned my graduate students to do a thorough research of the literature before they embarked on a project. Often someone has done the very thing you are proposing to do.
Upon further research I also discovered the book, Sure Signs: Stories Behind The Historical Markers of Central New York by Howard S. Ford of Skaneateles, New York. There are no pictures nor are there GPS coordinates given by the author. However, he has provided a narrative history behind hundreds of sites. While these narratives are valuable, there seems to be no coherent organization of the information.
Now that I have gotten over my disappointment about pursuing the Cortland County historical marker data base I realize that there are many other counties in New York State that I can visit to create a pictorial data base of their markers. Blog readers, I welcome your nominations of a New York county to work on. At the moment I am considering, Tompkins, Cayuga and Wayne counties.
As I complete this blog, I see a whole lot of snow flakes coming down outside. Needless to say this tough old geezer skier is likely to shelve any historical marker project until after the ski season.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to all!
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City of Cortland
|Virgil - Lat. 42.508767, Long. -76.199519|
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Route 13 North of Homer, NY