Google Sightseeing: Fill ‘er Up!

As I mentioned today in the article on the Teapot Dome Service Station, I’ve just posted an article to Google Sightseeing loaded with all sorts of uniquely-designed roadside filling stations/gas stations (I couldn’t use the Teapot Dome in that article because Google Maps, sadly, has no imagery of it). If you’ve ever wanted to see…

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Milk River: Under Eight Flags

When one looks back to Spain’s colonial empire in the Americas, one usually thinks of its possessions that encompasses Mexico, Central America, and South America.  Maybe old California and Texas, or its Caribbean possessions such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or Puerto Rico spring to mind.  Canada’s Prairie Provinces don’t exactly scream out ‘Spain’ to…

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Borderlocked in Canada

The concept of borderlocking first emerged in the geoblogosphere back in February 2010 thanks to this post at the always fantastic Twelve Mile Circle.  In that article, we learned that if countries can be landlocked, a country’s administrative subdivisions potentially can also be ‘borderlocked’ – not only without access to the sea, but without access to…

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Google Sightseeing: Grad Tags Across Canada

Finishing your education and moving on into the adult world is a momentous occasion for every student. The final year of school in every country comes with many ceremonies and traditions, and in Canada one of those traditions is to celebrate the supremacy of your graduating class over all others by spray painting your ‘grad’…

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Google Sightseeing: Ghosts of the Palliser Triangle

The Palliser Triangle is the driest region of Canada, encompassing southeastern Alberta and southeastern Saskatchewan. It can be very hard to conduct agriculture here, even in the fertile Canadian Prairies, thanks to the arid conditions. Many moved to the region in the early part of the 20th century only to find that they couldn’t make…

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The Alphabet Railway of the Canadian Prairies

There was a very interesting post yesterday at Twelve Mile Circle (another geography blog you should be reading if you aren’t already) on a set of neighbouring towns in Massachusetts all beginning with the letter ‘W’. Other commenters soon jumped in with their own examples at the bottom of the page providing all sorts of alliterative appellation sequences…

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Govenlock, Saskatchewan (or: Why Rand McNally Needs to Update Its Maps More Often)

When I was eleven years old, we moved – all the way across the street (what can I say; we got a good deal on the house). One of the left-behind objects on the wall I inherited in my bedroom from the previous owner was a hard-laminate copy of Rand McNally’s ever-ubiquitous Cosmopolitan World Map…

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