How to find Land Sites to Hunt!
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More ways in which I find older sites to detect.

Try this web site.. 

Under "Enter some place of interest above"  Type in park, or school, or post office, or stage coach, or picnic, or fairground or abandoned. DO NOT USE PLURALS, like "schools", just type in the singular, "school."   Fill out the rest of the info on the area that interest you.

It then goes on to give you the Lat and Long to enter into your GPS as well as the name of the USGS Quadrangle map where the site is located. Try putting in names that would have been used a hundred years ago. It wasn't a road it was a TRAIL. Or even just type in HISTORIC, ABANDONED or RUIN. 

Get on ebay and type in the search engine, your city and state. You will most likely come up with old postcards people are selling that have pics from way back when. I found a kick ass spot near me this way. I saw a picture postcard of a park taken back in 1919. I printed the pic off ebay and took it with me.  Where the people hang out today is often quite different from back then. Big rocks and landmarks remain and you go from there, comparing your picture to the actual site today. Ebay has been very good to me so far.
The GPS software Oziexplorer allows you to calibrate just about any scale (or close-to-scale) map into it. For example, I'll scan in an old historical atlas and a modern topo map of the same area and search through the older maps at higher zoom levels until I find something interesting. Then there's a feature which allows you to see what other maps exist for the location where the cursor is. By selecting the more  modern map(s) at this location you can usually zero right in on the exact location (ie topo map may show a building or the lack of a building, etc). 

Even though the older maps may not be "exactly" to scale ... after all they didn't have modern surveying equipment and satellites, etc ... , they usually are close enough to give you useful information. In addition, you can flip rapidly back-and-forth between views, or open two views at the same time to view simultaneously, to get a feeling of how things have changed, etc. 

Once you've located a potential site, you then insert a waypoint which can later be downloaded into your GPS so you can do further infield research, get permission, etc. 
Play around. By spring you will have plenty of places that need to be checked out! 

What a great hobby and what a great country!! BACK TO  CAL MUM PAGE
Jim Vokes