The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Dennis Downes

Dennis Downes is the founder of the Great Lakes Trail Marker Tree Society and has documented the history of the Native American Trail Marker Trees over decades of travels throughout North America. He is the author of the 2011 title Native American Trail Marker Trees.

Before Google Maps

The Lake Forest Trail Marker Tree, photo by Bess Dunn in 1912.

We now use Google Maps to determine the shape of our landscape. Prior to Google, though, way-finding sometimes shaped the landscape itself.