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The Changing Landscape of Durango, Colo., as seen in aerial postcard views, etc.

Rubric to accompany the historical map activity

This page contains an educational introduction to a collection of Southwest Colorado postcards, photos, and maps that are digitally accessible on the Center's website.  Through its partnership with the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP), the Center of Southwest Studies has digitized many thousands of  images selected from various collections for viewing on the Web.

The CDP (formerly the Colorado Digitization Program) is supported through a National Leadership Grant to the University of Denver Penrose Library from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (a federal grant-making agency in Washington, D.C., which fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, by supporting museums and libraries) with additional assistance from the Colorado State Library, and the Colorado Regional Library Systems.

Historical Map Rubric (Source: )

Map Conventions:

___ Map title is located in key

___ Map title accurately describes purpose of map

___ Key is included

___Key explains use of color and any symbols used on the map

___Key details the years represented on the map

___An accurate compass rose is included



___Physical features (College Mesa, Smelter Mountain, Perins Peak) are shown

___Key roads represented

___1900s Durango boundaries shown in one color

___2000s Durango boundaries shown in a different color


Map Style:

___Map is readable and communicates the idea of a changing landscape

___Map is completed neatly

On another piece of paper, answer the following questions in complete sentences.  Use your completed map to help you.

v     v     How has the city of Durango grown in the past century?

v     v     What has caused the growth found in this area?

Sources used: and 

The collections are located at the Center of Southwest Studies on the campus of Fort Lewis College.  Interested researchers should phone the archivist at 970/247-7126 or send electronic mail to the archivist at: .   Click here to use our E-mail Reference Request Form.  The Center does not have a budget for outgoing long-distance phone calls to answer reference requests, so please provide an email address if you wish to receive a response from the Center.

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