I am a big proponent of Google Earth and spend a lot of time there, both as a tekkie and a tourist. I find it very useful when researching an old site in that it can tell you quickly whether it’s still there and accessible, and the street/road views are invaluable.
On the flip side I have had a few leads dashed when using GE in that the sites were not only unavailable but put to bad use as in a strip mall, gas station or some other similar commercial venture.
Yesterday, just for the hell of it, I decided to check out what was once an old colonial homesite in Buckingham, Pennsylvania. It had provided me with an exceptional 1796 Large Cent many years ago (which I recently sold). This is that site today…
I know, I know….it’s called progress but let it be a reminder to all of you that if you want to find all those neat things you lust for, don’t wait for progress to take them away. It’s also a reminder to all those arkies out there who think leaving them in the ground is so much better for future generations.