New Horizons

The Spatial {Query} Lab’s software development team has been re-imagined with the return of the Map Scanning Veteran, Son Nguyen. For the first time in two years S{Q}L has a true software development team working on a multiple projects. Classic projects like BandoCat have paved the way for new works like Cardinal, which takes data management a step forward to aid survey companies in managing data and individual job tasks. A Cardinal sandbox-demo is set to release next week. Sam Allred, the most recent programming lead on BandoCat, is working on Weather… Read more »


City Map of Beeville, 1947

From Student Researcher William Alexander; Today’s map is of the city of Beeville, which is the center of the Pennyfenner collection. The majority of our documents come from the offices of Fenner, Whalen, and Penney, who were all the County Surveyors for Bee County, headquartered in Beeville. We archivists have gotten very familiar with the city; I think I’m almost to the point of knowing its street names and layout better than that of my home town (of course, my hometown doesn’t have a Star Trek Dr next to Sunkist Dr, so maybe the issue is with memorability). This city… Read more »


Hix Green Ranch

From William Alexander, Student Research Assistant: Presenting today is a map that was a tough nut to crack. Titled “Partition Plat of the Hix Green 1041.53 Acre Ranch” by Chas. Klumpp, Jr., the only other relevant spatial information stated was De Witt County, Texas. It was almost chucked in the bin, but we noticed that the map dates from 1974. 44 years isn’t so large a gap in this gig; for us, its about as modern as these maps get. So we googled “Hix Green Ranch” on a lark to see if it was still around, and lo and behold,… Read more »


Sparkling City by the Sea

The Sparkling City by the Sea has always been seen as a city with potential for major growth. Back in 1924, advertisements for Corpus to become the ‘Metropolis of the State of Texas’ were a common sight. Investment companies also believed that the entire county would flourish into a hub of large towns surrounded by farmlands. Robstown was advertised as ‘the most progressive town in the state’ and Bishop was claimed to become the second, if not first, largest city in the state. Well here we are 93 years later; Corpus is the 8th largest city in the State (only… Read more »


Where’s Doddridge?

Those that know Corpus Christi history know that many of our streets are named after the movers and shakers of the city’s past. Perry Doddridge, the man that opened the first bank in Corpus Christi, unsurprisingly has a street named after him as well. Living up to Perry Doddridge’s reputation for changing capitalistic ventures, so does the street. Doddridge was originally built as part of a beach front addition to the city. The area was home to the Memorial Coliseum before it was demolished in 2010. It is unknown if the street was renamed Kinney to specifically honor the founder of… Read more »


Upcoming Features of BandoCat

We have been hard at work preparing to kick off three new initiatives in the {Map Scanning} project: Georectification of scanned maps Transcription of map indices Spatial search of scanned documents In order to get these initiatives off the ground, we needed to develop some new capabilities of BandoCat (BandoCat is our internally-developed map cataloging software). So, we have developed a new georectification tool, a new transcription tool, and a new spatial search tool. All three of these tools work within BandoCat and will soon be deployed to the S{Q}L staff so they can enrich the scanned documents with geospatial… Read more »