05 April 2014

Cambria Iron Company Part 1

The Johnstown Pennsylvania area is known for more than it's famous flood.  It shares with Cambria, PA the origins of Cambria Iron (which later become Cambria Steel, then a division of Bethlehem Steel, more on that in the next following posts).  For a brief history check out this pdf from the Library of Congress.

I've chosen this site for a few reasons.  I love Pennsylvania.  I love trains.  I love geography and I've got some maps courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey  (HABS/HAER/HALS) at the Library of Congress (LOC).

To the map! This first map represents the Cambria Iron Works in 1853 when it opened. If you click on it a high resolution TIFF will begin to download.
 Click to Download HQ TIFF File

I've been tinkering around in QGIS and have quickly georeferenced the Cambria maps series. It's a neat way to see how the works has evolved over time and space.  If your new to GIS check out these links:
QGIS (Open Source) http://www.qgis.org/en/site/

 and converted it into a KMZ that you can open in Google Earth.  Looks neat with the elevation options set to 1 and 3D buildings switched on.  

Clicking the above image will begin a download for a a Google Earth file of the 1853 Cambria map that you can open and explore.  This one isn't so great (finding control points was a bit tough for this map) but I think you'll like the others coming over the next few days. Stay tuned!