Google Earth is an application that maps satellite images over topographical data. I've been using it to find all the places involved in my research on the Ore Terminal, specifically:
- the Mexican terminal
- the Puerto Rico mine
- the ore terminal in BBNP itself
- the road leading away from the ore terminal
Not only has Google Earth recently become a free application, but it contains satellite photography of the northern part of Mexico, which Google Maps did not have for the longest time.
So, for the first, I'm able to see the terminal on the Mexican Side. Here it is:
To see the terminal in wider context, here's a shot showing everything from the Puerto Rico mine to the Ore Terminal in Big Bend National Park. Note, the horseshoe looking part of the Rio Grande is Boquillas Canyon. Also, all shots are taken with North facing up.
You can upload these placemarks into your own copy of Google Earth. Here's the file.
I'll be speaking at the Center for Big Bend Studies Annual Conference this November 11-12, 2005 at Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX. I'll be discussing the story I have uncovered about the Ore Terminal.
I'm looking forward to telling the story as I know it so far, including:
- JA Gregory's Master Thesis from ca 1907.
- Farmer Jenning's Memoirs
- Discussions with Aimee Moser's son.
- The Ore Terminal and the Glenn Springs Raid.
If I'm lucky, I'll get more leads on people to interview and maybe some advice on visiting Boquillas.