Linkhorne Middle School

Lynchburg, Virginia

Time Travel Enrichment Class Tours History

7th Graders in Lynchburg City Schools conduct historical research, analyze their findings, and summarize information. Using Google Earth, they create visual representations of historical events and deliver oral presentations, demonstrating what they have learned. Their projects can be found on two pages within this site:

1) Famous Explorers and Voyages - Page 1

2) Historical Events - Page 2 (this page)

D-Day Invasion, WWII

Transcontinental Railroad

The Donner Party's Tragic Expedition

Historical Events - Page 2

Time Travel Tours

Note: The projects on this page were created using Google Earth PRO.

  1. Some of the projects (in the first section below) have been converted to open automatically in the NEW Google Earth WEB.

  2. You can view the ones that have been converted simply by clicking on the titles. They will launch in your browser.

  3. It's easier to view the projects if they have been converted to the new format (first section below)

  4. Or, you can download the original versions, kmz files, (in the second section below) and:

    • open the original versions in Google Earth PRO to view them

    • or, import the original versions (kmz files) you download into the new Google Earth WEB

  5. Note: If you import the kmz/kml versions into the NEW Google Earth WEB, you will have to expand the folder and click on each placemarker separately.

  6. To view the "original versions" of the projects in either Google Earth PRO or Google Earth WEB, you must first download them directly to your computer or device. They are all in KMZ format.

  7. Once we convert all the older Google Earth PRO versions, all the projects will be easier to view by just clicking on the titles.

Titles Of Student Projects

The following projects have been converted to the NEW Google Earth.

  • Click on the titles

  • Google Earth will launch automatically, and you can view the project by clicking on individual placemarkers

  • Or, click, "Present" at the top to view the project in chronological order by clicking the < or > arrows at the bottom of the sidebar.

  • Edward Teach (Blackbeard) by John

  • Up, Up, and Away With Amelia Earhart by Emma

  • Transcontinental Railroad by Ethan

  • Sunken Ships by Tyler

  • The Trail On Which They Cried by Tawanda

  • The Journey West by Mary

  • The Donner Party Of Death by Sophie

  • Sherman's March To The Sea by Bailey

  • Immigration by De'Asia

  • Attack Of The Indians by Jacob

  • D-Day by Bitor

  • Wretched Ship Wrecks by Joe

  • Union Pacific Railroad by Courtney

  • The Trail Of Tears by Emma

  • The Great Migration by Nora

  • The Fight For Equal Rights by Corey

  • The Donner Party Of Death by Leah

  • The D-Day Invasion by Andrew

  • Long, Hard Journey On The Santa Fe Trail From Missouri To New Mexico by Ashley

  • Indian Wars Of The Great Plains by Carter

  • General Sherman's March To The Sea by Campbell

  • Cattle Travel From Western Ranches To Eastern Dinner Plates by Carter

  • Amelia Earhart's Trek To Make History by Laura

  • Trans-Siberian Railroad by Jonathan

  • The Nazi Death Camps by Morgan

  • The Donner Party's Tragic Expedition by Samer

  • The D-Day Experience by Edward

  • Oregon Trail Ahead! by Bekah

  • Famous Ships That Sank by Antonio

  • Erwin Rommel's North African Desert Wars by Sam

  • Connecting The East With The West; Following The Union Pacific Transcontinental Railroad by Olivia

  • Campaigns Of General MacArthur by Daniel

  • Blackbeard's Mischievous Travels by Lap

  • Amelia Earhart's Flight Around The World by Sims

  • A Trail To Santa Fe by Alyssa

NEW Google Earth WEB

We are converting all the projects in Section One to the "NEW" Google Earth. If the links are blue, they've been converted.

Please check back for more converted files.

In the meantime, you can still view the projects by using the directions for Section Two.

Titles Of Student Projects

Use the directions below the titles to view these projects in either Google Earth PRO, or the NEW Google Earth. For this section, you will download the kmz files and import them into Google Earth.

NEW Google Earth WEB

Section Two - Download the KMZ files and import to Google Earth PRO

How To View KMZ/KML files In The NEW Google Earth WEB:

  1. You do not need to install any software on your computer or device

  2. The NEW version plays in a browser. If you have a browser on your device, it will work.

  3. The NEW Google Earth WEB also works on Chromebooks.

  4. Find the title of the student's project you wish to view in the list.

  5. Left click on the title of the student's project. A new window opens, which is a black screen that says, "No Preview Available" (See Figure 1)

  6. You will need to download (save) the KMZ or KML file to view it. It does NOT open from within this window.

  7. In order to download the file, click the blue "DOWNLOAD" button on the window. (See Figure 1)

    • Choose where you want to save the KMZ or KML file

    • You can save it onto your computer/device

    • (If you are logged into your Google account, you may get the choice to save it to your Google Drive)

Figure 1

8. Remember where you saved your file

9. Next, open Google Earth WEB

10. In your browser's omnibox, type: to open the NEW Google Earth (or, click the link)

11. On the page that opens, click the blue button that says, "Launch Earth" (See Figure 2)

Figure 2:
Click the blue button to launch Google Earth

12. Click the "Projects" icon in the left sidebar (See Figure 3)

Figure 3:
Click the "Projects" icon in the left sidebar

13. Then, click, "Open." (You will be opening the KML/KMZ file you just downloaded/saved.) (See Figure 4)

14. When you click, "Open," you'll get a drop down menu. (See Figure 5)

15. Choose, "Import KML file from computer," or "Import KML file from Google Drive." This depends on where you have saved the KML or KMZ. You could have saved it to your Google Drive.

16. Navigate to where you saved it on your device/computer, click on the file, and click "open" or "insert."

Figure 4

Figure 5

17. The file will load into Google Earth. You will see its folder in the sidebar.

18. Click on the folder icon to see an introduction to the project.

19. The introduction only shows when you click the folder icon (See Figure 6)

Figure 6: Folder of Project Appears In Sidebar. Need to expand the folder to see its contents.

20. You must expand the folder to see all the placemarkers and view the entire voyage/trip. Clicking on the folder icon does not show you all the placemarkers.

21. To expand the folder, click the chevron opposite the title of the folder. (See Figure 7)

22. You will see all the placemarkers in the sidebar (See Figure 8)

23. You can click on each placemarker and go through the project. Watch as the Earth spins to its new location.

Figure 7

Figure 8

Please Note:

1. The projects on this page were originally made in Google Earth PRO. They did not convert completely for the NEW Google Earth, but you can still view them with a bit of tweaking.

2. Because the projects on this page were created with Google Earth PRO, all the placemarkers are inside a folder. Therefore, the placemarkers are embedded in the folder. You must expand the folder to see them.

3. Projects created using the NEW Google Earth will open in the sidebar, and you can play the project/tour "automatically" without clicking on each placemarker. You can click "PRESENT" at the top of the sidebar, to the right of the light blue box

4. The left sidebar will go away, and you get a larger view of the project.

5. You can also use the "Table Of Contents" at the bottom to navigate through the project. This only works if you do not see an enclosing folder at the top of the sidebar. The folder icon means the project/tour was created with Google Earth PRO.

6. If you do not click "Present," you can click on each placemarker and go through the project that way

How To View KMZ/KML files In Google Earth Pro - directions:

  1. You must have a computer and have Google Earth PRO installed as an application.

  2. Download (save) the KMZ file as in the steps 4 - 8 above.

  3. Once you have the KMZ/KML file on your computer, click on the file.

  4. It will launch the Google Earth Pro application on your computer. This will look different from the Google Earth WEB version that plays in your browser.

  5. The file will open in the left sidebar. You will see a folder at the top of each project.

  6. Click on each placemarker icon. The Earth will spin to the area where the placemarker is located.

  7. Click on the blue link next to each placemarker icon to open the "Info Window" for each placemarker

  8. When done viewing, you have the choice of saving the file to Google Earth Pro. If you don't save it, you can view it again by re-opening the file.

You will see this download preview button. Click to download the KMZ file to your computer. Then, open in Google Earth Pro.


The PRO version will also open in Google Earth WEB, but you must "import" the file into Google Earth WEB. Because it's a KMZ file, the "Table Of Contents" does not work, and you must click on each placemarker to view.

If you want to view in your browser, use the WEB Browser section above.

Visit our " Famous Explorers," which are listed under a separate page on this site.