Have you ever heard of a Gigapan? It is a photograph comprised of sometimes hundreds of small snapshots, all stitched together by computer software to create one incredibly detailed high resolution image. When the image is uploaded to Gigapan.org you can view it and keep on zooming and zooming to see all kinds of interesting details.
Click this image visit my Gigapan page. (Once there, click on the panorama image on the upper right side to view it full size)
The image above is a panorama I made by stitching together two old postcards of Monongahela which were postmarked back in 1909. Click here to view the photograph over at Gigapan.org. (You have to double click the image to get it to zoom in)
The original postcard photographs were shot from two close but separate positions on Cemetery Hill so it was impossible to get a perfect stitch (due to parallax error) but it’s good enough to make a decent panorama. Unfortunately you can no longer photograph from the same vantage point today because the view is now blocked by large trees. But this aerial picture below can give you some idea what the area looks like today:
A modern view of the same area where the original postcard photographs were shot. Though now Monongahela, this area was once known as Catsburg. The Catsburg mine was located off the picture to the right. Click image for larger view.
Ok, lets go on a virtual scavenger hunt. To participate you need to create a Gigapan.org account (free). Then navigate back my Gigapan Monongahela panorama page. Then zoom in and take a “snapshot” and then leave a comment on my Gigapan page.
In the panorama you will find:
(strike throughs mean the item has been identified by somebody as of Monday, March 15, 2010 – 3:19 pm)
- at least two people
- at least two horses or mules
- train cars (aka railroad cars lol, I couldn’t remember the correct term, It’s hell getting old)
- Gregg’s Warehouse (This is the warehouse for the A.M. Gregg Hardware store as seen in this 1908 photograph. You can also see an old ad and picture of the proprietor here.
- 3 and possibly 4 churches (extra credit if you can name them) (two have been found)
- a ladder
- my girlfriend’s old house
- two coal mine tipples (extra credit if you name the coal mines to which they belong)
- two houses with rain barrels (one found so far)
- a barn
- at least 1 coal barge
- another barge (not necessarily a coal barge)
- a saltbox
- three bridges
- Whiskey Point
- an outhouse
- this railroad tower: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/4427907903_66f481e672_o.png
- a factory
- the McGough Residence (oldest part built in 1802) was the oldest brick building in town until it was replaced by the architectural masterpiece known presently as the Monongahela Senior Center
- the Hotel Main
- the village of Axleton
- worker houses built by Liggett Spring and Axle Co.
- a gas lamp
- River Hill
I will reveal the location of several of the items above each day until March 20, 2010 unless you all find things first. Also, don’t be afraid to snapshot something you discover that isn’t on this list.