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Do internet mapping services locate your farm accurately?

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  • Do internet mapping services locate your farm accurately?

    Or do they place you a quarter of a mile away or on the wrong road altogether? I'm a quarter of a mile away in most programs but they send people past my house so they get here without too much trouble. I've been to visit a farm on "Blank Road" and gotten sent to a spot on "Blank Ridge Road", three miles away, made us a little late for our appointment.

    So how accurate is the internet for finding your farm?
    Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
    Incredible Invisible

  • #2

    They and GPS' send people to the other end of my (long) road and into the middle of an empty field.


    • #3
      I'd say that most do not. Certainly not mine at any rate. Backroads mapping is pretty much hit or miss. There are semi-developed parts of VA agrarian counties that aren't on anyone's maps apart from the local townships.
      Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


      • #4
        Nope, none of them (I tried them all). So I tell folks that if they are using a GPS, not to count on it, and I give them directions instead. And I am not even on a backroad! My issue is that my road "changes names" at the midway point from NW to NE, so the mapping sites always take folks to the house with the same number on the NE side, and I am on the NW side.

        And my husband's GPS has taken us to more back gates of apartment complexes than I care to say!
        There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


        • #5
          Google earth and all others are off for my farm also...about 3/4 of a mile too soon.


          • #6
            If you locate your place on Google Earth you can copy the correct co-ordinates.
            ... _. ._ .._. .._


            • Original Poster

              So EqB, are you suggesting that I describe my property by lat. and long. to prospective visitors? That should certainly get them to the precise spot. Or get them to decide I'm too much trouble to bother with, LOL.
              Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
              Incredible Invisible


              • #8
                It's just my house/little farm-to-be but google maps pinpoints my location as about EIGHT miles away. Seriously. We're not even really that far out in the boonies.


                • #9
                  Oh yeah... worst part is that I live on a US Hwy, so you'd think it would be easier. Luckily our property borders a small county road so by mapping US Hwy 123 and Co. Rd. 456 you get the exact location. Funny thing is even then it lists us as the wrong city.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ReSomething View Post
                    So EqB, are you suggesting that I describe my property by lat. and long. to prospective visitors? That should certainly get them to the precise spot. Or get them to decide I'm too much trouble to bother with, LOL.
                    It's a lot less complicated than an address that gets you to the wrong place !
                    ... _. ._ .._. .._


                    • Original Poster

                      True, EqB. I can get the lat. long. for any place off the hyperlink on the google map. I don't seem to be able get lat. long. to work in something like Yahoo or Mapquest - they need a street based address and a lot of people use those for the route planning features.

                      To make this more horse related I guess if I ever intended to put up a horse farm website or print ads it might be a good idea to create my own map page with directions from some clear point like the freeway offramp.
                      Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                      Incredible Invisible


                      • #12
                        See my "location" above. Some maps have roads coming into our farm, like into the middle of the dressage arena, that don't exist and have never existed. Garmin has our address as 450 instead of 503 but it's pretty close. There is no 450 so most can figure it out as they drive past our house.


                        • #13
                          Depends on the service. Google is pretty accurate (within about 50 feet). Bing is way off (it has our driveway as a public road about 1/4 mile away).

                          There must be at least two "master map databases" as I see differences not only between Bing and Google but also between GPS devices.

                          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


                          • #14
                            I've only checked my property on two web maps...Live Search Maps and the National Geographic one. Both are dead-on accurate for my property.
                            Although in my area where so many properties are back lots...in a heavily wooded area...you get the right location but still can't see the properties on many places. Because the GPS locates each poperty by pinpointing the driveway entrance off the street. And then will only pan about 2000-3000 feet in each direction. So you either see just tree tops or a driveway because the house and barn might be 4000' from the road.
                            I have noticed that in my area the satellite photos of the "bird's eye" view are done in late fall or winter, after the leaves are off the trees. Which makes viewing much easier.
                            The ones of my property are about 5-5.5 years old. I can pinpoint the date the photo was taken within 6 months because you can see the SUV I used to have parked near the house...and I only owned that for a short time after we moved here.
                            You jump in the saddle,
                            Hold onto the bridle!
                            Jump in the line!


                            • #15
                              We have quite a few disgruntled customers who could not find our place first time out because we were located several miles away on the map.
                              Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                              • #16
                                We live on a loop road and they all show us on the complete wrong side of the loop. To make matters worse, that farm is owned by a horse trader who breeds garbage and the place looks like crap.

                                I repeatedly tell people not to use the online directions, but, for some reason, they still do. Go figure.


                                • #17
                                  it's hit or miss with us.

                                  some of the GPS devices can get folks here, but some will try to send them over a mountain on a private road that has NEVER been a thru road. other's will send them through the next hollow, which takes them through a very windy area that alternates between gravel and pavement, although it will eventually get you here.

                                  i just tell folks i'll give them directions (which are hideously easy, since we live 2 turns and 3 miles from the country's only 5 star inn & restaurant).
                                  * trying hard to be the person that my horses think i am


                                  • #18
                                    The directions will get you here, but they may take a bunch of terrible, windy single lane dirt roads.

                                    When I have a horse for sale, I always tell people to please follow the directions I send them as the GPS directions are going to take longer.

                                    A fair number of them don't listen, and are late.

                                    Doesn't matter to me, I warned them.


                                    • #19
                                      Google maps send people to the end of my road. Then they have them turn the wrong way into a neighbour's rose garden...

                                      Most of the GPS services seem to get people here OK.
                                      "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF


                                      • #20
                                        I put in my place Google maps and it came out pretty accurately.