1899 in the Pines

by Boyd Ostroff

Data Source

This map is hosted at online.boydsmaps.com


This seamless collection of twenty nine USGS 1:62,500 historic topographic maps from the turn of the century was originally introduced in 2015 as “Becks Map of the Pines”. They would have been the newest topo maps available when Henry Charlton Beck published his iconic “Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey” in 1936. The 1:24000 scale (24k) USGS topographic maps that we know today were not introduced until the late 1940’s and these maps belong to an earlier, less accurate generation that were created in 1:62,500 scale. They saw very few updates until the late 1930’s. Individual maps were downloaded from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection as PDF files and converted to GeoTIFF. Color correction was applied in Photoshop to adjust for variations in the different maps. The collars were removed and the individual maps were joined into a seamless geoTIFF file which was then converted to a tiled format for online use.




Original maps from the US Geological Survey Historical Topographic Map Collection

Access/Use Constraints

1899 in the Pines (“the map”) is available exclusively via the viewer at online.boydsmaps.com. You may post map links and screenshots on the web, but may not provide live access to the map or use the map data on another website. A separate, downloadable version of the map is available for offline personal use on smartphones, computers and GPS devices at the link below.

Contact Information

Help and support is available through the Boyd’s Maps forum at https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/forums/boyds-maps-forum.39/

Distribution Liability

Map software is provided ‘as-is’, without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the author be held liable for any damages arising from the installation or use of this software. This map does not contain survey grade data and no representations are made as to its accuracy. The user assumes all risks associated with installation and use of this software. This map is intended for reference, educational and recreational purposes only. The author will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies and no responsibility is assumed for damages or other liabilities due to errors, installation, accuracy, availability, use or misuse of the data presented.

Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from a U.S. Geological Survey server, and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata file associated with these data. The U.S. Geological Survey shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein.

The digital version of the historical map was georeferenced with a methodology that preserves, but does not exceed, the accuracy of the original map. The historical map product was compiled to meet National Map Accuracy Standards (NMAS) of the era when the map was originally published. Users should be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since this map was originally produced and that some parts of this data may no longer represent actual surface conditions. Users should not use this data for critical applications without a full awareness of its limitations.

Downloadable Version for Offline Use