Historical Topographic Maps
When was the topographic map series for the conterminous 48 States, Hawaii, Alaska and Territories completed?
The USGS completed the primary topographic map series of the conterminous United States at 1:24,000 in 1992. Revisions were made until 2006. Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Trust Territories were completed earlier and were done at other scales.
Georeferencing means that the internal coordinate system of a map or aerial photo image can be related to a ground system of geographic coordinates.
Not yet, but they will be soon. Once available, the procedure will be handled the same way as bulk deliveries for US Topo and historic maps in GeoPDF.
No. US Topo maps are delivered as multi-layered GeoPDF files and are not well represented as a single layer GeoTIFF image. We are investigating companion US Topo products for users of Geographic Information System software.
What are the differences between Historic Topographic Mapping Collection (HTMC) GeoPDFs and GeoTIFFs? Which one should I choose?
GeoPDF maps are ideal for users who simply want to view or print a map. Free Adobe Reader software enables this basic functionality.
What files are included with a HTMC GeoTIFF map? Is there an option to bundle the GeoTIFF and GeoPDF?
The GeoTIFF and GeoPDF formats are available as two separate downloads. The GeoTIFF file comes with two files 1) the TIFF Image and 2) an XML metadata file. The GeoPDF file is a single file. The only way to get the GeoTIFF file initially will be thro
The Historic Topographic Map Collection concentrates on obtaining quadrangles with scales of 1:250,000 and larger; a statistical breakdown is here.
USGS Digital Raster Graphics (DRGs) were created in the period 1995-2000. They were 250 dots-per-inch scanned images of what were then the most current editions of topographic maps (approximately 58,000 maps).
GeoTIFFs preserve the original paper map’s datum and projection, just as GeoPDFs do. Learn More: USGS Digital Raster Graphics
The primary interactive download interface for historic topographic maps (both GeoTIFF and GeoPDF) is TopoView.