Historic Digital NC Topographic Maps

Overview | Map Image Indexes | JPEG2000 Viewing Software | Feedback and Contributions | Map Image Links


Overview

Coverage map of historical topo maps
Historical topographic map images contained in our collection. Map is not "clickable." Use the Map Image Indexes to find the map sheets you'd like to use.


Scanned and georeferenced historical or superseded topographic maps covering a large portion of North Carolina are available for free public download from the table of links below.

These maps provide valuable historical information about landscape features from the past. Map dates range from the late 1800s to the 1960s. Scales vary from 1:250,000 (15 minute coverage area) to 1:62,500 (7.5 minute coverage area). A few have even larger scales.

An original batch of maps were scanned by the NC Geologic Survey in 2005 and contributed to the NC Geospatial Data Archiving Project (NCGDAP). In 2007, more maps were loaned to NCSU Libraries for scanning by UNC Libraries Maps Collection. NCSU Libraries georeferenced all the scanned images, compressed them into JPEG 2000 format, created index files, and is hosting their online access.

Georeferencing was performed using the Georeferencing Toolbar in ArcGIS 9.1 and cordinate conversion was performed using US Army Corps of Engineers' Corpscon v. 6.0. ArcInfo workstation version 9.1 was used to rectify all the georeferenced images. The georeferenced images are projected to North Carolina Stateplane, NAD 83, Feet.

R values obtained from georeferencing varied, and some were above 30 which is quite high (low is better). Since the earliest maps were produced without the aid of airborn surveys, the horizontal accuracy is not as high as we are now accustomed, but they are "close." Other factors that degrade the horizontal accuracy are the age of the maps and stretching during storage.

For expanded information, see the September 28, 2007 News Release.

Additional historic data and map sources are listed on our Historic Data and Maps webpage.


15 Minute Sids: West Raleigh
West Raleigh area showing the state fairgrounds and Meredith College before the Beltline. Map date is 1951. Image was re-sized from original.



Map Image Indexes

The following files are spatial indexes to the historical topographic maps:

Each rectangular polygon in the index files depicts a map sheet's total footprint area. Be aware that the coverage area of the actual map portion printed on each map sheet is smaller than the polygon areas, however.

The original index shapefile was created using the "Image Indexer" extension for ArcView 3.x. KML index files were created from the shapefile using ArcGIS 9.2.



JPEG2000 Viewing Software

All images were scanned into TIFF format and have been compressed to JPEG 2000 using GeoExpress 6.1. In order to view the images, you will need a viewer or software capable of viewing JPEG2000 images. The following are just a few known free applications (there are many available):

Below, the images labeled "Compressed, Georeferenced, Rectified" are for use with the world files in GIS software. The advantage of georeferenced images is that they can be geographically positioned and overlaid with other spatial data.

The rectification process causes pixels to shift and realign. Thus, non-georeferenced or rectified versions of the images are also provided in JPEG2000 Lossless compression, which are identical to the original scans but about half the file size of the TIFFs.



View Maps in Google Earth

The Google Earth Library contains a KML file for use with Google Earth. The KML file will open historic maps for many states and locations, including these maps for North Carolina. Look for the "Access From: G-Earth" logo and link.



Feedback and Contributions

NCSU Libraries would appreciate any feedback on whether these maps are useful to you. Also, we would like to continue adding to this collection. Please contact Data Services if you have maps we are missing or would like to provide feedback.



Map Image Links

Have trouble viewing the images? See JPEG2000 Viewing Software above.

Sheet Name
Edition
(RePrint)
Notes
Compressed, Georeferenced, Rectified
(JPG2000,
~5 MB each)
Lossless, Not Georeferenced/ Rectified
(JPG2000,
~50 MB each)
Abingdon, VA1911
(1945)
Partial bottom cut off C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Acme, NC1954 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Albemarle, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Arringdale, VA1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Asheboro, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Asheville, NC1901
(1907)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Atkinson, NC1955 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Ayden, NC1902
(1962)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Back Bay, VA1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Back Side of 15min Maps, N/ANo World File C/G/R ImageL/NR Image
Barco, NC1941 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Beckford, NC1941 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Belhaven, NC1916 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Belhaven, NC1916
(1944)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Bladenboro, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Blowing Rock, NC1936Bottom cut off C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Bolivia, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Bolton, NC1954 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Boydton, VA1955 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Boykins, VA1920
(1942)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Burgaw, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Calabash, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Cape Fear, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Chadbourn, NC1953 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Chapel Hill, NC1947 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Charlotte, NC1907 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Charlotte, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Chocowinity, NC1903
(1968)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Clarksville, VA1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Clarksville, VA1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Clifdale, NC1948 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Clover, SC1947 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Coharie, NC1909
(1950)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Columbia, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Cowee, NC1907
(1934)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Cowpens, SC1959 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Cranberry, NC1902
(1938)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Creedmoor, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Critz, VA1926 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Critz, VA1928 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Dahlondega, GA1903
(1951)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Danville, VA1925
(1944)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Deep Run, NC1958 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Denton, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Draper, VA1926
(1944)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Ducktown, TN1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Ducktown Mining Dist., TN1909
(1942)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Durham, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Durham North, NC1951 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Durham South, NC1951 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Edenton, NC1904Upper right corner torn off C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Edenton, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Elizabeth City, NC1948 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Elizabethtown, NC1955 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Ellijay, GA1911
(1951)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Emporia, VA1919
(1943)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Exum, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Fairbluff, NC1962 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Falkland, NC1904
(1973)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Fayetteville, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Four Oaks, NC1908
(1944)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Fowler Bend, NC1938 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Fowler Bend ? Backside, NC1938No World File C/G/R ImageL/NR Image
Freeland, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Funston, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Gaffney, SC1909 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Gaffney, SC1909
(1945)
Reprint C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Galax, VA1933 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Garland, NC1959 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Garner, NC1964 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Gastonia, NC1914
(1954)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Goldsboro, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Greeneville, TN1904
(1913)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Hamlet, NC1949
(1954)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Haw Knob, TN1933
(1958)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Haw Knob, TN1937 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Hertford, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Hickory, NC1895
(1950)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Hillsville, VA1896
(1945)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Holden Beach, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Holland, VA1920 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Holland, VA1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Honey Island, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Hopkins, SC1948Located in mid SC C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Independence, VA1933
(1944)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Index to Topographic Maps of North Carolina, NC1980Statewide Index Map C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Inman, SC1961 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Jackson Springs, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Jacksonville, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Juniper Creek, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Kenansville, NC1948 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Kenly, NC1902
(?)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Kings Mountain, NC1906
(1970)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Kings Mountain, NC1908 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Kinston, NC1914
(1954)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Kitty Hawk, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Knoxville, TN1901
(1915)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Lake Drummond, VA1945 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Lake Lure, NC1959 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Laurinburg, NC1949 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Lenoir, NC1956 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Lewis Swamp, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Lincolnton, NC1909
(1968)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Lincolnton, NC1911
(1944)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Linville, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Linville Falls, NC1956 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Lockwoods Folly, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Maple Hill, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Marion, NC1962
(1972)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Martinsville, VA1926 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Maysville, NC1948 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Milton, NC1956 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Monroe, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Morganton, NC1905
(1927)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Mount Airy, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Mount Mitchell, NC1902
(1932)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Mount Pleasant, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Mouth Of Wilson, VA1940Map only includes Virginia portion C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Moyock, NC1939
(1959)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Mt Guyot, NC1893
(1906)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Murphy, NC1914
(1927)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Nakina, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Nantahala, NC1906
(1924)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
New Bern, NC1901
(1961)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
New River, NC1948 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Old Dock, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Oxford, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Pages Mill, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Parmele, NC1901
(1971)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Pireway, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Pisgah, NC1892 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Pisgah, NC1905
(1956)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Plymouth, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Powells Point, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Raleigh, NC1951
(1967)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Richlands, NC1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Rock Hill, SC1949 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Rockingham, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Rocky Mount, NC1904 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Rocky Point, NC1947 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Rose Hill, NC1962 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Roseboro, NC1959 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Roxboro, NC1943
(1962)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Saint Pauls, NC1959 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Saluda, NC1889
(1899)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Saluda, NC1907
(1942)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Selma, NC1964 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Seven Springs, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Shallotte, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Shelby, NC1950 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
South Boston, VA1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
South Hill, VA1955 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
South Mills, NC1940 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Southern Pines, NC1957 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Spicer Bay, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Spring Hope, NC1902
(1965)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Statesville, NC1893
(1934)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Stuart, VA1928
(1965)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Suffolk, VA1954
(1967)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Supply, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Swansboro, NC1948 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Tabor City, NC1962 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Tarboro, NC1902
(1968)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Tellico, TN1943 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Tigerville, SC1959
(1973)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Topsail, NC1948 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Trent River, NC1903
(1975)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Troy, NC1957
(1967)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Vanceboro, NC1902
(1968)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Wade Point, NC1940 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Wadesboro, NC1948 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Walhalla, GA1892
(1951)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Wayah Bald, NC1942 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
White Plains, VA1920
(1944)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Whitelake, NC1954 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Whiteville, NC1955 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Wilkesboro, NC1891
(1940)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Williamston, NC1901
(1972)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Wilmington, NC1940 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Wilson, NC1904 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Winnabow, NC1944 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Winterville, NC1903
(1954)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Winton, NC1908
(1973)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Wytheville, VA1892
(1945)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image
Yadkinville, NC1891
(1964)
 C/G/R Image
World File
L/NG Image


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