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Noteworthy artist and map maker Albert Ruger produced this bird’s eye check out of Ripon in 1867. How has digital World wide Positioning Systems (GPS) related to satellites progressed from historic maps? Maps ended up a single of the best human inventions, permitting persons to recognize and navigate the entire […]






Noteworthy artist and map maker Albert Ruger produced this bird’s eye check out of Ripon in 1867.


How has digital World wide Positioning Systems (GPS) related to satellites progressed from historic maps?

Maps ended up a single of the best human inventions, permitting persons to recognize and navigate the entire world. Most men and women don’t forget the initially maps they seen and acquired about in quality faculty lecture rooms. They could have even been maps that rolled up into wall-hung or protective conditions that ended up opened for visual reference and instructing.

These maps reflected fashionable map-making guidelines like positioning the map with earth’s axis with North at the top. These maps were being in fact a mix of is effective of artwork and qualified paperwork — drawn by hand. They were measured to scale plus they bundled specifics to serve as compact scale “legends” for directions in purchase to enable men and women vacation from a person destination to one more.

Maps of Ripon 1st surface in atlases of Fond du Lac County that ended up printed in the early- to late-1800s. These maps ended up component of the surveying and platting of settlements, towns and cities. They followed U.S. govt surveying requirements and usually integrated land owners’ names by sections, or acreage at the time the maps were getting drawn. Fond du Lac County documents and the Ripon Historical Modern society have copies of atlases for men and women who are fascinated in seeing these forms and variations of maps in person.






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This early map of the Ripon Township is from the 1874 Fond du Lac County Atlas.


Yet another of the most well-known varieties of maps in the 1860s was referred to as a “bird’s eye view” of a town and its encompassing spot. These panoramic map drawings ended up established as if a specific space was considered from higher than — fundamentally an aerial check out just before there were airplanes. There are a lot more than 1,800 of these bird’s eye perspective maps cataloged in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. There ended up five well-known artists who traveled all-around the United States drawing these forms of maps that ended up commissioned and paid out for by the towns.

To create the bird’s eye look at maps, an artist would arrive to a town and sit at a length at 1 of the optimum elevations to get started sketching what they observed. From this sketch, a additional in-depth drawing would be developed together with structures, street names and landmarks to bring the map to lifetime. Some metropolitan areas and cities were being idealized, this means flourished-up a bit, to make them show up a lot more intimate and lovelier than they in fact had been in human being. The maps would then be sent to a printer to be made and sold to schools, businesses and men and women fascinated in possessing a copy for their possess use.

Ripon is privileged to have two historic bird’s eye watch maps that everybody loves to look at and reminisce about precise areas they might recognize.

Albert Ruger (1829-1899) of Ohio drew the most identified bird’s eye watch panoramic map of Ripon in 1867. Ruger was one particular of the most notable bird’s eye look at artists who traveled across The usa to make these maps and accomplished such drawings in 22 states.

The next bird’s eye view map of Ripon was made in 1892 by C.J. Pauli (1835-1896) of Milwaukee.

These distinct bird’s eye check out maps ended up printed in Chicago and Milwaukee, and may possibly be bought in antique shops, on the net and in a number of museums both framed and unframed. These maps have been reprinted numerous times and copies also are readily available at the Ripon Historic Culture.

Quickly forward to right now and individuals now can accessibility and check out maps on the net employing the Google Earth laptop application that gives a few-dimensional mapping by way of satellite transmissions. Most people today are common with GPS applied to search for and come across the spots or locations of their preference. Both equally of these technologies entail Geographic Facts Units to document details onto digital or on the net maps. Two well-known travel and location expert services are Mapquest and Google Maps that use GPS laptop purposes.

From early drawn or published maps to modern day engineering mapping, people today can count on their length and journey instructions and information for both of those particular and expert factors. No make a difference how individuals accessibility and use them, maps nevertheless stand the test of time.

The Ripon Historic Society is the oldest frequently running historical modern society in Wisconsin. It is open Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information comply with us at Facebook/riponhistory or www.riponhistory.org.

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