There was discussion on Shelley's and Toby's recent vlog about differing versions of the Benchmark map printed in TFTW. Different editions of the map circulate with misspellings (including in the poem), added or erased features, etc. You may consider keeping the following in mind if you choose to analyze (or not) the different versions.
Mapmakers are notorious for purposely changing features on their maps to counter copywrite infringement - this I know. This way, they can catch a copier/seller/copywrite infringer of the maps that they created. For example, they may label a feature on the map as a bombing range (purposely inaccurate) when the area is really just a desert basin. Some fraudulent entities take a map, put their own logo on the map, and sell it as theirs. The original mapmaker then can show in court copywrite infringement.
Post by zaphod73491 on Mar 15, 2019 15:11:59 GMT -5
Fenseg: guess it depends on what you're using the Benchmark map for. If only to see which general areas of the four-state region are in play, that's fine. Notice that "highlighted" is misspelled "highlihted" on this particular digital version of the fold-out map in TFTW. Also, the poem on this map has the word "answer" instead of "answers".
I personally don't think the map in the book is all that helpful. If you want a "good map", start with a physiographic map of the Rocky Mountains. That's the best place to start with maps. From there, if you decide on a "region" - I prefer the "Middle Rocky Mountains", you should probably switch to Topographic or, better yet, a Forrest Service map.