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Google Timelapse Shows Germantown’s Growth Over 32 Years



Thanks to a new feature from Google, we can now watch the Germantown area grow from space over the last 32 years. Google’s Timelapse is a “global, zoomable video that lets you see how the Earth has changed over the past 32 years.” It allows us to watch Germantown go from a mostly rural farm community to the bustling urbanized outpost it is today.


Timelapse also us to watch Germantown, Clarksburg, and any other part of the Earth to grow and change over time. Made up of satellite imagery from each of the years from 1984 until 2016, Timelapse starts in 1984 and allows us to see the creation of Little Seneca Lake with the flooding of Ten Mile Creek. By 1987 it is fully flooded. One constant is I-270 as it cuts through Montgomery County and the CXS/MARC train tracks can be seen cutting through Germantown.


In 1984 the U.S. Census estimated the population of Montgomery County was 632,915 and a very small portion of which lived in the Germantown area. In 1984, there was no Lake Churchill in Germantown and Great Seneca Highway was not built yet. However, Seneca Valley High School can be seen as a white square near the middle, surrounded by the tan earth of the construction of the residential homes near Gunners Lake and Wisteria Drive to Warring Station Road.

In 1986 we can see Germantown Commons and UpCounty Regional Services Center on Middlebrook Road begin to take shape as the white “L” shaped cluster of buildings just up the road from Seneca Valley High School.

By 1987, the residential areas of Waters Landing begin to take shape and construction begins on Great Seneca Highway. In 1988, construction starts on the homes in the Germantown Estates neighborhood.

In 1990, the U.S. Census estimated the population of Montgomery County was 762,875. Germantow