Reference: Tool to Access Historical USGS Topo Maps Upgraded with New User Interface, Map Comparisons
Earlier this month, the USGS launched “TopoView 2.1”, an enhancement to the current popular TopoView mapping service that lets users discover, interact, and download historical USGS topographic maps scans.
Upgraded features include:
- new user interface that’s faster and easier to use,
- access and download maps from a variety of search terms
- intuitive tools to compare historical maps with maps of the present.
- ability to preview maps within the interface
- filters and searches that work seamlessly with the map records table to get you the info you want with just a few clicks.
To further assist users with these features, the TopoView team has released a “how to” video to walk through the download and comparison process.
TopoView highlights one of the USGS’s most important and useful products, the topographic map. In 1879, the USGS began to map the Nation’s topography.
The most current maps are available from The National Map and US Topo quadrangles. TopoView shows the many and varied older maps of each area, and so is useful for historical purposes—for example, the names of some natural and cultural features have changed over time, and the ‘old’ names can be found on these historical topographic maps.
Direct to TopoView 2.1
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