Archive for Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Update: KU Libraries avails 1937 aerial image of Woodland Park

March 31, 2010


We've received another great reader submission to follow up our Sunday story on Woodland Park.

Rhonda Houser, GIS and Data Specialist at Kansas University Libraries, alerted us to online 1937 aerial photographs of Lawrence. Although the resolution isn't as fine as current Google satellite photos, it provides the best view (so far) of historic Woodland Park. Houser says the 1937 photos are the earliest aerial set; later sets will be posted here as they become available.

The Daisy Dozer was standing until 1951 (according to the Rollercoaster Database anyway), but it's unclear whether this photo shows the roller coaster's location. (Could that be it just north of Laura Avenue?)

Find the interactive historic map on the KU Libraries' site.

Aerial photos of Woodland Park in 1937.

Aerial photos of Woodland Park in 1937.

Note: the 1937 photos are overlaid a current Google satellite imagery — to adjust the photos' transparency, use the slider in the top-right corner of the screen.


Shelby 8 years, 1 month ago

That's pretty fascinating. I didn't even know they had spy-satellites in 1937.

Seriously though, I love this, and would love to see the photos in even better detail. Seems like there are a lot of scribblings on there too.

Jill Jevens 8 years, 1 month ago

Cool! It is interesting how little evidence there was of the park only those few years later. Also, it's interesting to see the landscape as it was then, as opposed to now.

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