is a service that is set to allow visitors to view maps and locations as they were in the past. It uses a combination of Google Maps API
, manual geocoding and databases to give a glimpse into the past in a setting that frequent users of Google Maps
will feel right at home with.
has just launched and features a prototype of San Francisco
as it was in 1852. When compared with new maps, it shows how the city has changed and how various streets have been opened, closed, widened or renamed. The map also features local business information, so if you wanted to find out where the local baker or grocer is, you can.
The man behind the project, Brad Thompson
, has said that he hopes to allow users to explore different parts of the world at different times. He hopes to scale Pastmapper to every location and every year, although he recognises the enormity of that particular undertaking. This is a project that historians and hopeful time travellers will be eager to keep an eye on.