Going For It

Carmen Sandiego may be easier to find thanks to an updated gazetteer. A gazetteer is a dictionary of places, and for many years the flagship of gazetteers has been the Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World. The major drawback of the earlier edition was its 1962 publication date. While the old edition was still a valuable resource for finding information on the earth's physical features, it was sorely out of touch with current political realities. For instance, it was not the place to find that Tanganika had been renamed Tanzania or what new countries had been carved from the former U.S.S.R. or Yugoslavia. Then there has been the subsequent establishment of new cities and towns throughout the world.

In adding 30,000 new entries, the previously single-volume gazetteer has expanded to three volumes but shortened its name to The Columbia Gazetteer of the World. Within it are entries for names of towns, cities, regions, countries, mountains, rivers, shopping malls, mythical places, and many other geographical features. Details under an entry may have a pronunciation key, population figures, relative location, latitude and longitude, historic background, agricultural and manufacturing products, and notable attractions.

Of the 40,000 entries for the United States, there are three for Warrensburg. Warrensburg, Missouri is noted as an agricultural center principally raising wheat, corn, sorghum, and cattle. Manufactured products include circuit boards, can openers, aluminum castings, mowers, uniforms, clothing, chemicals, and electronic components. Old Drum is included, as is the city's proximity to Whiteman Air Force Base and Knob Noster State Park.

This valuable new resource is located in the reference collection.