How do I find several historical aerials from the mid-1970's or early 1980's and where can I download them and I would like them to be free of charge.

Dona Ana County

Near Anthony, Texas

Near Hatch, New Mexico

  • are you looking for map or photo?
    – magdmartin
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 17:00
  • Yeah aerial photos or photos are the same thing... Thanks.
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 17:07
  • check nasa's sites for free. they do a number of imaging techniques from satellites. eros, and visible earth are two off the top of my head. EDIT: visible earth is down, but you can always use the wayback machine, thats what i've done.
    – albert
    Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 13:39
  • No mention of historical aerial photos ?
    Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 14:32

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USGS EarthExplorer is often a fantastic resource for this.

Check out, in particular, these datasets:

  • Aerial Photo Single Frames (usually pre-1980)
  • DOQ (1990s)
  • NAPP (1980s-1990s)
  • NHAP (1970s-1980s)

Not free, but UNM has an archive here: https://edac.unm.edu/image-archive/

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