Saturday, March 26, 2016

US County Borders

I must be nuts - or OCD - (probably the latter) because I just don't seem to be able to leave these border files unfinished. The last file I published was the US States file. Now, I've got the US Counties file ready for download and it was even less of a small feat than the state file was less of a small feat. [Translate: when I called the state fall "no small feat" I really had absolutely no idea just how difficult the USGS could make it to extract their data into a KML file. None at all. Now I do!]   [A free Google Earth file of this route is available at: US County Borders.]

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

US State Borders and Information - Google Earth KML File

While looking for another host for this blog where I can move the several hundred posts, I'm still posting the occasional Google Earth Map. This time it is a resource map of all the US state borders from the USGS shape files.

No small effort to produce, it now can be downloaded from US State Borders and Info.

It tries to help solve a problem with Google Earth where the insipid thing tantalizes you with state and county borders but just when you want to see them most they, along with their labels, disappear just as you zoom in close enough to read them.

Opening this file, quickly displays the states in a color-coded fashion which then completely clears as you hover over it with your pointer and a readable label appears. By right-clicking and selecting "properties" on any state, you are able to alter color and transparency.

Those of you making your own maps can right-click on any particular state and "save as" - which will save a complete state file to your computer of that particular state.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Iditarod Dogsled Race Maps For Google Earth

Apologies, but this sorry Google BlogSpot blogging program is so slow that I'll only mention that I've just completed yet another massive Google Earth map in time for this years Iditarod race and that the full Google Earth map is now available - read on.