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USGS Topo maps
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:40:38 PM »
I have had several people PM me asking where I get the Topo Maps I use and also how to navigate the site I use.
Most of the Topographical maps I use come from the United States Geographical Survey web site.
This link will take straight to the USGS Store:

1). Once at the site you will see a map of the whole United States (pic #1)
2). On the right side of the page click on Mark Points and zoom in to your desired location.
This brings up the Quad Gridlines and Grid Names. (pic #2)
3). Click in your desired grid. This will bring up a red balloon arrow. (pic #3)
4). Click on the red arrow, this will brig up a box with the maps available for that Quad.
Pick the year map you want and click on the file download.
The map downloads as a PDF File. This is a free download.

When I want to post a map to this site I zoom in on the part of the Quad I want to display and do a Crtl/Print Screen capture.
Paste it into Paint, save it as a JPEG and your ready to post.

I hope this is useful.

   Rog :D
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Re: USGS Topo maps
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 10:23:48 PM »
Thanks Roger.  Great post!

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Re: USGS Topo maps
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2014, 11:39:46 PM »
Even better, the USGS has posted a large number of historical topo maps:

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Re: USGS Topo maps
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2014, 11:18:07 PM »
Although it doesn't have historical maps, I use to get free topos.


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Re: USGS Topo maps
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 12:23:37 AM »

Here we are on the cusp of 2018, and the link you posted back in 2014 no longer works.
Can you point us to a corrected location?  Meanwhile, google is our friend - maybe. ;-)