The map has a single "basemap" layer underneath anything else in the view. You can switch between the standard roads and satellite imagery basemaps, as well as two others created specifically for the CRHIM. The full list of basemaps follows:
The Streets, Satellite, and the Streets & Satellite basemaps are provided by Bing Maps.
The USGS 24k Topo basemap (created from the USGS 1:24,000 map series) is great for finding features from the past that do not show up on current basemaps maps, like the old Red Dirt Lookout Tower or the community of Mink.
The Shaded Relief basemap shows a high-level of detail for all topographical features in Natchitoches Parish. This layer can be viewed in color or in grayscale (click the icon).
NOTE: Not all basemaps are supported at the highest zoom levels, and will activated/deactivated accordingly. If a basemap is not showing up at a high zoom level, zoom out until it does. You can also remove the basemap altogether.
The ability to view historic maps is a very exciting feature of the CRHIM. These maps are presented here for research and general interest purposes, but the viewer must understand that the Cane River National Heritage Area makes no guarantee of their accuracy: it is very easy to "over-interpret" historic maps!
When a historic map is activated, it is added as a "layer" on top of the current basemap. You can "stack" multiple historic maps by activating more than one--the most recently activated map will be placed on top of any other historic maps. To further accommodate overlay comparisons, alternate color schemes have been enabled for a few of the historic maps. Click the icon to explore these options.
NOTE: Be sure to click on the icon to learn more about each historic map!
There are two main issues with the interpretation of historic maps:
The maps themselves may be inaccurate or approximate
Placing them on current maps is not precise.
Before continuing, the user must understand that the Cane River National Heritage Area takes no responsibility for the relationship between any features on the historic maps and their apparent current locations. Any property lines or markings on the ground take precedence over what is displayed here.
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Select a basemap by clicking on its name below. Not all basemaps are supported at high zoom levels, and will turn off accordingly.
These historic maps can be added on top of the current map view. Multiple maps can be added, and the most recently added map will be shown on top of any other visible historic maps. With some, you may activate an alternate color scheme (click the blue circle).
Click +Add Layer to search the available overlays and add them to the map. Once you have added a layer, you can temporarily deactivate it by clicking its name.
Historic District Type
Start of Occurrence
End of Occurrence
Historic Event Type
Start of Occurrence
End of Occurrence
Birth Date/Start of Existence
Death Date/End of Existence
Information Resource Type
Date of Creation
Date of Publication
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The Cane River Historic Inventory & Map is created using Arches, an open source software platform that is built to inventory and help manage all types of immovable cultural heritage. This deployment of Arches has been customized to reflect the unique character of the Cane River National Heritage Area, with extra basemaps and a series of historic map overlays (check out the MAP!). Find out more about Arches here. Ongoing support for the CRHIM comes from the Cane River National Heritage Area and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.
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