Hey fellow mapmakers,
Thought I'd share a new 3D birds-eye-view map I've been commissioned with from Mapformation client: Seneca White Deer, Inc. This property is a 10,000 acre former U.S. Army military storage depot in the Finger Lakes region of New York State at the little town of Romulus. It housed every type of weapons system and ammunitions in the U.S. arsenal from 1941 until the base decommission in 2000, including nuclear weapons in what is called the Q-Area. There are 519 ammunition and weapons storage igloo bunkers throughout the base. The most lethal weapons were stored in the upper left Q-Area which has three sets of razor wire and electrified fencing, plus had armed guards with shoot to kill orders.
The most amazing part is when this base was enclosed with over 24 miles of fencing it also imprisoned herds of brown deer. After several generations of breeding a dormant gene in the deer arose thus spawning what would eventually become the world's largest white deer herd. Our client has been trying to turn this abandoned base into a multi-use facility to not only preserve the beautiful and mysterious white deer but also the extensive wildlife and the honorable military history this base is associated with in helping win WWII. The illustration will be used as part of their master plan presentation.
I first became aware of this base when I lived in that same county for a couple of years. I included the base as a scene setting in my 2009 mystery thriller novel Crown of Serpents and drew a simple map illustration for the book. It took me six months to get authorization but I had the pleasure of a one-hour personal tour with the chief-of-security of the base. So, I'm absolutely thrilled to have now been selected to illustrate a brand new color illustration of the Depot for further public exposure and a great cause.
For more on the white deer visit: Seneca White Deer
Here are pics of the full base and a close up of the Q-Area looking south. Also are regional maps of where the base is located. About 1/2 way done so far with the illustration. There's a couple of white deer on the bottom and a few osprey and nests on the utility poles plus a beaver dam and beaver on the stream. Lots more wildlife to include. Note: for illustrative purposes I've exaggerated the size of the perimeter fencing to help delineate the property's borders from the surrounding farmland.
Let me know what y'all think so far!