In 1990 the USGS started winding down their traditional topographic map program and by 1999 they left the Pine Barrens, never to return. In their own words,“Such maps were compiled, drawn, and edited by hand. …By today’s standards these traditional methods were very expensive, and USGS no longer has either mission or funding to make maps this way.”
1999 in the Pines is a high quality compilation of ninety four final 24k maps from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection that will remind you of how much we’re missing in today’s muddy, over-compressed versions.
Individual quadrangles were cropped, color corrected and joined to create the highest possible quality seamless map. Install Mobile Atlas Creator (a free open source program) on your Windows, Macintosh or Linux computer and export any portion of the map for many popular smartphone apps, computer programs and handheld GPS units.
Compare the quality of 1999 in the Pines (on the left) to other versions on the web and smartphone apps, such as ArcGIS USA Topo Maps (shown on the right).