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Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby planet54 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:29 pm

I stopped by the Fed Center to buy some USGS maps and was told that maps are no longer sold there as of October 16,2013. The gate guards gave me this flyer.Went to the BLM office on Youngfield and was told that they are not yet ready to sell USGS maps and will only have maps for the local region from now on. So, online ordering seems to be the way to go. I haven't used that service yet since I am very old school. Does it work okay?
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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:22 pm

They probably closed because they sell 2 maps a year. :P
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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby MountainHiker » Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:47 pm

When I need topo for an area I don't already have, I've been going to:
http://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=38.8,-98.4&z=5&b=t
There is the option to turn on a UTM grid and select which datum.
For printing you can select an area that is larger than your screen and generate a PDF.
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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby MountainHiker » Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:48 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:They probably closed because they sell 2 maps a year. :P

I've been buying both of those!
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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby planet54 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:09 pm

Well, I would have bought 10 or so today if they had been open. :) I was going to get some Alaska maps to look at this winter. No big deal ,I just thought I would stop in since I was down there. I have actually gone there on the way to the airport to buy maps for where I was going. Just have to plan ahead better now since it has gone the way of the caboose and the 8-track tape player. Is the service from the USGS website good, bad, lousy?
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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby BobbyFinn » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:53 pm

planet54 wrote: So, online ordering seems to be the way to go. I haven't used that service yet since I am very old school. Does it work okay?


I've ordered via their online store. It works pretty well, but don't expect to get your maps quickly even if you get rush processing/shipping. You can download pdfs of their maps for free, or at least you used to be able to.
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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:04 pm

I'm getting a message that says the site is not allowed to use Google maps. It never did this before. You click ok and it takes the navigation map away. I'm afraid this may mean no more free downloads.

Gee, and I'd always liked Google before this... :(




Edit: You can still download if you know the name of the map. There must be a master quad map locator that doesn't depend on Google. Anyone know where one is?

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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby MountainHiker » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:45 pm

Dancesatmoonrise wrote:Edit: You can still download if you know the name of the map. There must be a master quad map locator that doesn't depend on Google. Anyone know where one is?


I have a paper map index. I can try scanning it in pieces and posting those as photos.

Bill lists the topos for the fourteeners:
http://www.14ers.com/topomaps.php

Here is the download page if you know the map name:
http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/topomaps/f?p=262:1:3106495087276

Here's a private site with a quad map index:
http://www.usgsquads.com/mapfinder
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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby MountainHiker » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:11 am

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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby uwe » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:18 am

MountainHiker wrote:
BillMiddlebrook wrote:They probably closed because they sell 2 maps a year. :P

I've been buying both of those!


I'm in line right behind Mountainhiker.
Bummer. That was the place I went to for all my topo maps.

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Re: Fed Center USGS Store Closed

Postby 3rdGenNative » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:20 am

uwe wrote:
MountainHiker wrote:
BillMiddlebrook wrote:They probably closed because they sell 2 maps a year. :P

I've been buying both of those!


I'm in line right behind Mountainhiker.
Bummer. That was the place I went to for all my topo maps.


Heck, last summer I bought three in a day. At that rate they should have their costs covered for the year. This is disappointing. It was a mapaholic's dream. Hopefully the new location has a similar sized inventory.
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