In celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, which takes place on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, the Dare County GIS Department has created an OBX Days Gone By interactive map that gives users an opportunity to explore various unique locations along the Outer Banks and to learn more about the area’s unique history that spans several centuries.
Whether you are a lifelong resident of Dare County or a visitor who has vacationed on the Outer Banks for many years, you will undoubtedly discover a wide array of popular places you may have visited in the past on this map that serves up a sense of nostalgia for days gone by.
Featuring historic locations like the very first hotel to ever be constructed along the shoreline in 1838, the long-since-sand-covered Jockey’s Ridge Miniature Golf course and the infamous Nags Head Casino, as well as popular haunts such as the Carolinian, Quagmire’s and Mex-Econo’s, this unique map provides users a chance to reminisce about some of their favorite places to spend time making memories with family members and friends over the years.
In addition to historic places that date back several decades, the OBX Days Gone By map also features a series of iconic local hot spots that younger generations of residents and visitors will fondly remember, such as Dowdy’s Amusement Park, Kelly’s Tavern, Port O’ Call and The Pit, among many others.
GIS is a system that allows users to create, manage, analyze, map, and visualize the world around us by connecting the “what” with the “where.” GIS also allows people to more easily identify patterns, relationships and geographic context in order to better influence decision-making, increase efficiency and improve communication.
For additional Dare County mapping resources, including past years’ GIS Day maps, please visit https://gis.darecountync.gov.