A while back there was a hi-resolution pic of the Cedar Point penninsula on the internet, but I can't seem to find it. Now that I have cable, I would like to look at the entire picture, instead of just Sandcastle Suites, which is the only part of the picture which would load when I had dial-up.
It would appear that is where this image was taken from. You can look at it in smaller chunks if you have limited bandwith by changing the map size from large to medium or small. There is a drop down on the left to change it.
No, it wasn't from USGS. That image was aquired from the Erie County Auditor's office. For 2 dollars, I got a CD with an aerial view of my (Erie) county. It is a MrSid file, so it's not like a conventional image, but images can be made from the data. The data was assembled from many geo-recitfied images taken from many flights in the spring of 2000. This is done once every 5 years or so around here. Anywho, it's much higher resulution than any internet photo I've ever seen, and even the slightest compression really affects the quality of the photo. I'm not sure how much longer UC will host that image, since I graduated 6 months ago. Luckily, a fellow buzzer is hosting the image now. Check it out at http://home.comcast.net/~cwoelkers1/cp/cp.jpg
I stand corrected. Upon further review it was definitely taken from a slower moving object than a satellite. At first glance there aren’t many differences between the high-res color from the USGS and the .jpg you have. You are at the .25/.5 km distance so it is great quality. You take the picture from a slower moving object and it helps prevent the bow that you see in satellite images. We did a sweep on 10-10-00 and 10-11-00 on that area, the local firm who does the fly over must have had the same thought.
Upon further inspection, I would say early in the year (before the start of the 2000 season) for two reasons. There are plenty of vehicles on the Midway (by Corkscrew, Fron Gate etc...) While this happens on a daily basis, The shaddow cast by Power Tower and other coasters indicates that this was an afternoon shot. Cedar Point opend daily after opening day in 2000. They did not do just weekends to open 2000.
Also, there is a temporary bridge connecting the main land to Millie Island, just to the right of Millie. Paddle Wheel Excursion would not have been able to run with this bridge in the way, and it was running on opening day.