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Gremlins in my Google
Portland, Oregon
July 25, 2010 - 12:15 pm
Member Since: April 10, 2009
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Looks like someone at Google Maps is having a little fun with the locals. Here's the story.


The Columbia Gorge is one of the few places is the world where a major river cuts directlly through a major mountain chain. Note the use of the word through.  The result is a majestic area with high cliffs, snowtopped mountains and a wide river slicing right through it. It creates a wind tunnel effect at Hood River and thus has become a world class wind surfing center. Hood River is about an hour directly east of Portland on the Oregon side. Across the river on the Washington side are is a small mill town called Bingen. Just east of Bingen is a great peice of road that winds in a gentle switch back out up from the river to the top of the gorge walls. It's called Courtney Road and once was a gravel road and it's been paved. Here is a normal view from the road:



On maps this has always been labled as Courtney Road and is a semi-famous road to shoot car commericals on. Several months ago I was looking it up on Google Maps and saw that someone had been having some fun with the road name. Take a look for yourself. This has been up on Google maps now for at least 4 months.


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Yes, the damn Cobain/Love family…. click on the little mouse icon in the upper right corner of the map to enlarge it a bit.

July 25, 2010 - 8:18 pm
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Maybe it was the city folks... Bingen's new name is going to be Nirholevana.

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