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Calgary revamps city historic site mapping tools

The City of Calgary and Heritage Calgary have launched a revised map with tools to access more than 800 historic sites.

The map of evaluated historic sites combined the Discover Historic Calgary map and the Heritage inventory into one map tool.

“With the map enhancements, Calgarians can find and access information about over 800 evaluated historic resources in an easier and more dynamic way,” said Josh White with the City of Calgary.

Among the site’s upgrades are it’s now mobile-friendly, there are improved search and download capabilities and you can choose aerial photos from different time periods. They’ve also colour-coded historic sites for those with colour blindness.

There are more than 800 historical sites included in the collection. Some of the information included is the heritage value, defining characteristics, significant dates and prior ownership.

“We are very excited to add more historical depth to our inventory resource and add features that improve the use of the inventory,” said Josh Traptow, CEO, Heritage Calgary.

“Knowing the historic significance of a location, landscape or building adds to the richness of our understanding of Calgary.”

That’s news to some users’ ears. The site is often used as a reference for historians, writers and journalists.

“These are features that I didn’t even know I needed,” said Harry Sanders, historian and freelance writer.

“To me, telling the stories of our past has to be rooted in facts and details that help us understand the significance of a place.”

The project coincided with a life-cycle replacement of information servers in a digital infrastructure overhaul at the city.

The Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources Map is found online here.