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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Decatur: Google vs. Yahoo vs. Bing


I came across something interesting as I was doing some research on-line and wanted to share it here.

Here are 5 "snippits" of the Decatur metro area from on-line mapping tools.  Very interesting to compare & contrast them next to each other.  I tried to take my "snippit" of each from the same view, so that the level of detail was as close as possible to identical.


BING:

 * lists WYCKLES CORNERS, instead of WYCKLES
* only 1 of 2 that does not list LARKDALE (near intersection of Mound Road and 48)
* only 1 of 2 that lists the NS-DECATUR railyard


GOOGLE:

* only one that lists FANS FIELD as a point of interest
* only one that lists NELSON PARK and ROCK SPRINGS CENTER 
* FARIES PARK is shown in green, but is not labeled
* only one that does not list the DECATUR AIRPORT (not even a little plane symbol)
* only one that lists MACON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
* only one that does not show SANGAMON (upper right corner) or BEARSDALE (upper left corner)
* only 1 of 2 that does not list LARKDALE (near intersection of Mound Road and 48)
* only 1 of 2 that lists the COUNTRY CLUBS



 MAPQUEST:

 * where is NELSON PARK?
* LAKE DECATUR is not even titled;  neither is the SANGAMON RIVER


RAND McNALLY:

* only one that shows GRACELAND CEMETERY AND GREENWOOD CEMETERY
* only 1 of 2 that lists both WYCKLES and WYCKLES CORNERS
* only 1 of 2 that lists the COUNTRY CLUBS
 * only 1 of 2 that lists the NS-DECATUR railyard
* only 1 of 2 that lists SANGAMON RIVER
* looking at this map, the viewer would have no idea that Illinois State Highway 105 even goes through town (it's not marked and isn't in gold color like 48 and 121)


YAHOO:

* only 1 of 2 that lists both WYCKLES and WYCKLES CORNERS
* only 1 of 2 that lists SANGAMON RIVER


Neither Millikin University nor Richland Community College are shown on any of the 5 (at this level of detail at least).


Decatur Link of the Week



For this week's featured Decatur link, we present the FARM PROGRESS SHOW, which is the nation's oldest & largest outdoor farm show.... featuring 500 exhibitors and more than 300 acres of field demonstrations.

Scheduled every other year in Decatur (since 2005), the show is held at "Progress City USA", located directly to the north of Richland Community College.

This year, the Farm Progress Show will be held August 27-29.

For all sorts of information about the event, check out their site at:  http://www.farmprogressshow.com




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Carnival is Here !


Decatur Celebration starts Friday evening.  Last night, the Miller Carnival rolled into town, and the team was hard at work today setting everything up in the Decatur Civic Center parking lot:


















Monday, July 29, 2013

Old Photos #3

Here's another collection of miscellaneous Decatur photos from years past.

Be sure to scroll see SET 1 and SET 2 as well.



speedboat races on Lake Decatur

Landmark Mall dolphins (downtown)

bears in Fairview Park

Decatur Commodores (c. 1940)


Fan's Field

Joyland

Staley Pump House  (still located on north side of Route 36 bridge across Lake Decatur)

( these photos have been collected from a variety of sources, both on the internet and from personal collections. )

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Decatur Municipal Band June 22

Photos from the Decatur Municipal Band's performance in the North Water Street Plaza June 22, 2013:



















6:55 PM:

8:25 PM:

crowd shots:










Thanks for 156 great years, Decatur Municipal Band !!