Community Map Layers Improve The World Topographic Map and Add Content to the Living Atlas

In our continued commitment to providing the best available data, the ArcGIS Content Team has updated the World Topographic Map and Esri’s Living Atlas with user contributed content for the United Kingdom; Vienna, Austria; and numerous cities, counties and university campuses across the United States.

Let’s start with our new contributors. We are welcoming 11 new contributors with this ArcGIS Online release.

Calumet County, WI, named from the word calumet, the term used for a ceremonial pipe that Native Americans used in councils on the eastern shores of Lake Winnebago. Calumet County, as well as the entire region’s landscape has been influenced by glaciation with the Niagara Escarpment running north-south several miles east of the county’s western boundary. The Town of Chilton is the county seat.

Glynn County, GA, includes Jekyll Island, the Sea Island’s most prominent feature. Brunswick is the county seat and is a major urban and economic center in southeastern Georgia.

Montgomery County, TX, part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area has already begun creating web maps like this one depicting 100 and 500 Year Floodplains. The web map uses the World Topographic Map with community content as its basemap.

Moreno Valley, CA, one of the Inland Empire’s population centers also provided new content. One of the most visible geographical features in Moreno Valley, visible from almost anywhere in the city, are the Box Springs Mountains.

Oswego, IL, on Money’s 2011 list of America’s best small towns, is also among our new contributors. The Fox River, running right through town, offers many recreational amenities.

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is located in northern San Diego County, where a majority of the 918 enrolled members live on their 12,273-acre reservation, established for Cupeño and Luiseño Indians, who consider themselves to be one proud people — Pala. Pala Band of Mission Indians, CA, have shared content for Pala, CA, and surrounds.

Queen Creek, AZ, located southeast of Phoenix, has contributed content from 1:9K to 1:1K. Queen Creek is a small, but fast growing community. Between 2000 and 2010 Queen Creek grew over 700%, the 2nd largest growth in the state of Arizona.

This new content will make it easy to visit many of the historical locations in the region like the Ruins of the Desert Wells Stage Stop and Higley General Store.

At the south end of the San Joaquin Valley lies Shafter, CA.

This is an agricultural based city and began as a loading dock along the Santa Fe Railroad. Shafter is home to Minter Field, site of the first successful human powered airplane, the Gossamer Condor, piloted by Bryan Allen won the Kremer prize.

Sparks, NV, the fifth most populous city in Nevada and is often referred to as half of a “twin city”, referring to Reno-Sparks.

Sparks came into existence in the early 1900s by order of the Southern Pacific Railway Company to serve as a big switching yard.

Rounding out our new contributors are two universities, Iowa State University, IA and University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, WI respectively. Both of these contributions capture great campus detail. Making this a great resource for students and faculty.

Iowa State University

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, WI

Included in this release are 10 updates.

United Kingdom

Vienna, Austria

Bismarck, ND

Jefferson County, ID

McKinney, TX

Palm Desert, CA

Pottawattamie County, IA

Sarpy County, NE

Tampa, FL

Westerville, OH

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program. For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

The service was updated on the following servers: and If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Online forum.

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