I have a new addiction. Wikimapia. A combination of Google Maps and Wikipedia and their goal is to “describe the whole Earth!” Seriously, with things like this and Google Earth I can’t leave the computer. The following images will take you to their Wikimapia page. I have also set up Matt’s Wikimapia Blog to look at the fun and interesting things to do with Wikimapia.

Gig Harbor High School on Wikimapia

There are similarities between Google Earth and Wikimapia, but the idea of Wikimapia is to make it easy to see and find out info about the places you are looking at. You can easily add new places or add to or change existing ones. At right are two that I added: Gig Harbor High School and its band room. Because that is the kind of geek I am. :)

And for some more…

Seattle on Wikimapia
Seattle (large image)

Here is a view of Seattle. As you can see, even at this resolution, there are quite a number of places marked.

The University of Washington on Wikimapia

Zooming in we can check out my alma mater, the University of Washington. At times the screen can feel cluttered with so many things maked but it actually isn’t too bad and you can get used to it. You also have the option of turning the place markers off to see easier.

The University of Washington Physics and Astronomy building on Wikimapia

Well I couldn’t let the Physics Astronomy Building (where I spent oh so many hours) go un-marked. So I added the UW Sundial and Planetarium.

The University of Washington Observatory on Wikimapia

Here we have the second oldest building on campus, the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory. In this pic you can see the information page that can be added to or edited (or marked for deletion).

The Dark Tower in New York on Wikimapia
New York and the Dark Tower (large image)

I couldn’t leave the site until I had added Steven King’s Dark Tower to the New York skyline.

And finally. I offer a challenge (although one without a prize… other than my praises… for what they are worth…). Where is the following place and what is it? (The road next to it is kind of a clue. And you can’t just say “monument” because of the image title. Also keep in mind that I am from Washington…)

? on Wikimapia

EDIT: Yes, these are the “creepy statues”. Technically, they are called “gospodor monument park”. It can be found on Wikimapia here. Here is a KOMO news article and you can see a few pictures here and here. And here is a Seattle Times article. As my mom pointed out, they are named for Dominic Gospodor a rich guy from Seattle who put the statues up.

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  1. Mom
    August 9th, 2006 at 10:11 | #1

    As per Erin, they are the “creepy statues.”

  2. August 9th, 2006 at 12:13 | #2

    Haha, yes, that they are. But what and where are they? And you and Erin are banned from answering because I know you just found them on Google Earth!

  3. Nancy
    August 9th, 2006 at 14:33 | #3

    I have seen them many times and find them strange and mystifying — south on I - 5…but I do not remember what they are called!!

  4. August 9th, 2006 at 16:15 | #4

    Hey, that’s fun stuff.

  5. Becky
    August 9th, 2006 at 17:39 | #5

    haha, this website is way too much fun. And I probably know what they are, but I haven’t seen them enough to know what they are… if that makes sense.

  6. Mom
    August 13th, 2006 at 20:42 | #6

    Dominic Gospodor

  7. August 14th, 2006 at 01:35 | #7

    Nice work. Keep it up.

  8. SUNIL
    April 20th, 2007 at 00:15 | #8

    its nice and very nice place….

  9. Anonymous
    September 25th, 2007 at 00:07 | #9

    how add place

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