Google has announced that as of the Summer of 2018, they will change how they charge for usage of the Google Maps API. The limit for free API usage has been lowered significantly, and I was notified that Western Mining History would have to pay substantial monthly fees to continue serving the maps I was using.
In order to address this issue the following changes have been made to pages that use Google maps:
1. Mining town detail pages and mine detail pages will now serve Google static maps (which have a higher usage limit) for non-members, and premium members will continue to have access to the dynamic version of the maps.
2. The mines maps that show all mines for the entire west, and all mines in each state, were previously made a members-only feature. Since these maps do not use the Google Maps API and are not eligible for fees, they will be restored for all users.
3. To replace the mines maps benefit that was previously for members, I have implemented county-level maps with the ability to filter by mine name and primary commodity. Example: Jackson County, Oregon mines. These county maps will be available to all premium members.
4. I am also working on more advanced features with the maps like the new Mines Explorer feature that was recently launched.
I appreciate the ongoing support of all those who have subscribed to Western Mining History.