USGS 1950 era Ohio Quadrangles

Ohio 1900 Maps - More Historic Topo Maps - 1950's 60' Topo Maps

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the State of Ohio, began a new toporgraphic survey of Ohio in the 1950s. Each detailed printed map covered a 7.5 minute section (quadrangles). These maps have been updated and reprinted a number of times.. The current 1990's updated versions are available in print and digitally (terraserver, maptech, etc.), but the original maps are hard to find. The 1950's versions are useful in looking at railroads before they were abandoned and how communities changed over time.

USGS now has Ohio and Pensylvania Historic Topos available for free download

Most are from the Cleveland Public Library Map Collection and scanned in one file on their 48" wide scanner. Each file is between 1-3 Megabytes. To view the the maps you need a free web browser plug-in from (available for Mac, Windows and Unix/Linux). Give your browser plenty of extra memory by closing other unneeded programs. The quality of the files is excellent and well worth the wait. DjVU allows fast zooming and panning once the file is fully loaded, but can be viewed while still loading. You can also save the map files to your computer. Right click (Windows), and choose "Save Target As..." Open the files using your browser's open command in the file menu. Make sure all file types are displayed in the browser open dialog box.


Representative city names shown to help determine quad locations. Larger city name is quadrangle name.

82°00' - 81°52'30"
81°52'30" - 81°45'
81°45' - 81°37'30"
81°37'30" - 81°30'
81°30' - 81°22'30"
81°22'30" - 81°15'
81°15' - 81°07'30"








Cleveland 1903





Westfield Center

The maps were created by a federal agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and are in the public domain. The digitized versions are shared for historical and educational purposes. Not for profit use of them is encouraged (see license below). Please credit this web page ( and thus the libraries that shared their original maps. More information on using DjVu files is available at:

Thanks to the following libraries for graciously allowing their original maps to be scanned and shared:
Case Western Reserve Geology Department
Cleveland Public Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Kent State University Map Library

Ohio State University: Library Map Room, Department of Geological Science (Orton Hall)
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological Survey
State Library of Ohio.

A special thank you to the Cleveland Public Library Map Room which has a 48" wide sheet scanner and the forsight to save many of the superseeded USGS maps.

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updated 7/16/04

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