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Can I still get the older topographic maps?

Yes. However, in most cases traditional lithographic printed maps are no longer available.

Quadrangle topographic maps originally published as paper documents in the period 1884-2006 have been scanned and published as the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC). These map images are published as GeoPDF documents, and can be downloaded free of charge through the same interfaces that serve US Topo maps.

HTMC maps are also available in several other formats, including GeoTIFF, from the National Geologic Map Database through the TopoView application. The GeoTIFF versions are not yet available through other download interfaces, and are not yet available for bulk delivery.

Paper topographic maps: the USGS no longer prints maps using traditional lithographic printing technology, but stock is still available for some historical maps. Contact the Map Store for more information (by phone, 1-888-275-8747 (1-888-ASK-USGS), option 1). Ink-jet plots of US Topo and HTMC PDF files can be ordered from the Map Store or from private companies. Most plots from USGS cost $15 per map plus shipping, but prices vary between products. Because the HTMC maps are scans of archive copies, they often do not have the new appearance of a traditional lithographic print. 

Maps in the HTMC are historical documents. We do not recommend them for current operational uses, and they will not be corrected or reissued.

Tags: Maps, Topographic, Recreation, Quadrangle, GeoPDF, Scale