Bowdoin College Campus – A Google Earth Map

Yesterday a David Israel contacted me by E-mail from Bowdoin College. Bowdoin is a liberal arts college founded in 1794 and located in Brunswick, Maine. David (who works for Bowdoin’s Educational Research & Development Group) created an excellent Google Earth “map” – a very thorough collection of placemarks and a high-res aerial photo of the campus. He recently announced the map at the Bowdoin College Web site here. When you first open the Bowdoin GE map , you won’t see too many placemarks. By default he only turns on a few key buildings. But, if you open the “Bowdoin College Campus Map” folder you will see there are lots of choices for buildings, offices, libraries, dining areas, web cams, sports facilities, and more. The placemarks usually include a photo, information, and links for more details.
This is an excellent way to provide a map to potential visitors using the features of Google Earth. Other people thinking of doing a Google Earth map should look at this example for ideas.
By the way, it took me a minute to find this, so I thought I would share. There’s a sizable airport close to the campus, but it isn’t labeled in the civilian airport layer provided by Google Earth. So, I did a quick look at Google Maps and found out the airport is the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. very cool map.
    lots of great ideas here.
    i especially like that only a few items are open as the default and that one category of placemarks is at a different height than the others.

  2. Franklin Pierce says:

    Downright brilliant!

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