Before photography became widely available in the late 19th century, panoramic maps were developed to show the attractions of cities. (Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1888 is shown here.) The Library of Congress has been converting its collection of panoramic maps to electronic form and has made a selection available on the World Wide Web at www.loc.gov. The initial batch comprises 26 maps for five states, most in the West, and others will be added to the collection within months. The software on the site enables you to start by viewing the entire panorama, then zoom in on particular sections.
BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM
Updated June 23, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.