Utah Water Science Center

Maps

After the end of the Civil War in 1865, families longed for fresh starts. This desire fueled new studies of the west. Reconnaissance missions by Hayden and Powell would ultimately lead to the establishment of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1879. From that time forward, mapping topography, geology, mineral resources, and water became then, and is today, an integral part of the USGS mission.

A Brief History

USGS Topographic Maps

USGS Topographic Maps

After 125-year legacy of topographic mapping (1884-2009), the USGS embarked on an innovative future of integrating historical maps with computer-generated maps from a national geographical information system database. Now, access is easier than ever.

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The National Map

The National Map

The National Map is a suite of products and services that provide access to base geospatial information to describe the landscape of the United States and its territories. 

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National Watershed Boundary Dataset

National Watershed Boundary Dataset

The Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) is a seamless, national hydrologic unit dataset. Simply put, hydrologic units represent the area of the landscape that drains to a portion of the stream network. 

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Date published: April 5, 2021

TopoView - Map Downloader

TopoView shows the many and varied topographic maps of each of these areas through history. This can be particularly useful for historical purposes, such as finding the names of natural and cultural features that have changed over time.

Date published: October 18, 2018

The National Map

The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response. The National Map is easily accessible for display on the internet, as products and services, and as downloadable data.