Meet USGS mapmakers in Menlo Park, California.
On July 27 and 28, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Mapping
CEnter in Menlo Park will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a free
open house, exhibits, and tours of the cartographic center (not
generally open to public tours). It's a rare chance to see the
latest in mapmaking equipment, including data-digitizing machines, plus
earthquake and seismic equipment. Opening ceremonies, the U.S. Navy
Band, and speeches begin at 9 a.M. on July 27. Tours will be given from
10:30 to 3 on Friday, 9:30 to 3 on Saturday. The center is located at
345 middlefield Road in Menlo Park, 30 miles south of San Francisco.
From U.S. 101 (Bayshore Freeway), exit west on Willow Road; drive 1
mile to Middlefield and turn right; in 11/2 blocks, the center will be
on your left. You'll find map sales and information in Building 3,
open from 8 to 4 both days. ...go map-shopping in Denver at the Denver
Federal Center, you can visit the USGS Rocky Mountain regional division
for various kinds of maps. The map sales center (in Building 41) offers
regular topographical maps. At the National Cartographic Information
Center (in Building 25), you'll find aerial photographs, Landsat
satellite imagery, and other hard-to-find map materials. Both centers
are open 8 to 4 weekdays. The Federal Center is on S. Kipling Street
off U.S. Highway 6.