Summer 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning 
Scholarship Update
Annual Report Online

GLO Field Note Project
LiDAR update
FSA Photos 2010

Commendation Nominations

Metro Air Photo Update

Eagan Tracks Diseased Trees
Goodhue Co Historical Features

Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair Report



Goodhue County Publishes Historic Places Web Application
By Sarah Schrader and Alan Laumeyer, Goodhue County GIS
Goodhue County recently published a public GIS web application featuring historic places within the county including over 117 sites listed on the National Register, 63 cemeteries, and 11 additional features with local historic importance provided by municipalities or historic societies. Places include historic structures, sites and districts. County GIS staff created the “out-of-the-box” application using ESRI’s ArcGIS Server 9.3.1 software.
This application is helping solve a county business need to improve land use management decisions. Preserving historic features is part of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, and in order to abide by the Plan’s goals, county staff need to have a better understanding of where these features are located. An additional benefit of this web application is to assist citizens who are interested in history or genealogy within Goodhue County. This site will be updated with additional historic sites as more information becomes available. The public is also invited to let the county know of other sites that could be considered for listing.
The web application includes basic tools to search for a specific municipality or township and range, and to search for historic features by name. A document was created for each historic feature which includes information such as the feature’s location or address, status as public or private property, additional history, website links to additional resources, and pictures of the feature. The example included here shows Carleton Airport, opened by Carleton College in October 1942 and used to train students in air traffic control, meteorology and beginning flight instruction during World War II. The application also includes links to websites for the National Register of Historic Places, the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, and local historical societies.
Goodhue County staff plans to present on this project at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium fall conference in October 2010. For more information about this project, contact Sarah Schrader, GISP – Goodhue County GIS Specialist at or 651-385-3193.