USGS Topographic maps show elevation (contour lines), hydrography, geographic place names, and a variety of cultural features.
Current-generation topographic maps are created from digital GIS databases, and are branded "US Topo."
Historic maps originally published as paper documents in the period 1884-2006 are available as scanned images.
Historical USGS 1:31,680 Topos of California in the Madden Library's Digitized Collections
Digitized from the Madden Library map collection.
Find specific locations using a map-based search via our Map & Aerial Locator Tool, or names of needed map sheets on this index map
United States Historical Topographic Maps (1881-1945). Perry-Castañeda Library, University of Texas at Austin
♦ California historical topo maps (USGS) USGS
Pre-1945 maps, scales 1:24,000, 1:31,680, 1:62,500, 1:125,000 and special sheets at other scales
♦ Links to US topographic maps on other web sites
The Map Collection has historical quadrangles for California.
Ask for them by name of the quad (e.g., Fresno North)
Scales include 1:24,000, 1:62,500, 1:31,680, 1:125,000 and 1:250,000.
Index Maps to California Topos (we also have these index maps at the Maps desk.)
♦ Index Maps to 1:24,000, 1:250,000 and 100,000 metric scales:
(right click to open the image in a new tab, then zoom to find the sheet name,)
| California north half
California south half
Search Domestic names via the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
Search for a place or feature name and display the full record to get a list of USGS 7.5-minute quads on which the feature is shown.