New interactive maps have been implemented that locate all the mines in the USGS MRDS database and over 350 mining towns.
The popular mine maps that we were previously using here at Western Mining History for the past few years have been removed. They were powered by a product called Google Fusion Tables that allowed for the creation of high-performance maps capable of displaying tens of thousands of locations. Google is discontinuing Fusion Tables so a new technology needed to be implemented.
Replacing them will be dynamic maps served by Mapbox. For the first time both mines and mining towns are displayed on the same map, creating a unique way to visualize historic mining districts. This is what the new maps look like:
The maps display over 116,000 mines from the USGS MRDS database, and currently over 350 mining towns.
View the maps on the following pages: Mines Index – State Mines – County Mines (county mine maps have the county lines drawn and are for premium members). County mine maps also have a full-screen option. These maps are incredible on a big screen!
These maps are already proving to be a great research tool. I have discovered several mining towns I was unaware of by looking for clusters of mines on the map and researching the area they occur in.
Moving forward there will be a focus on adding the hundreds of mining camps and towns that have yet to be located on the map. If you have visited a mining ghost town that is not yet included in the site, and have photos to contribute, it would be much appreciated.
If you have photos or information to contribute, please reach out through the contact form.