LOST STREAM MAP
The STREAM & LAKE MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA was completed in 1965 after a thirty-year effort by Howard Higbee, a former Penn State Professor. The map is known as the LOST STREAM MAP to some anglers.
Professor Higbee painstakingly plotted by hand, the location of 45,000 miles of streams onto the map. It sold extremely well - until the printer declared bankruptcy and hauled Higbee’s work to the landfill.
The few remaining dog-eared copies became a prized fisherman’s possession.
But reprints were impossible because the maps were printed in nonphotographic blue. Higbee was even offered $400 for one of his last maps. And state agencies were forced to keep their copies under lock and key.
Then, at the age of 91, Howard Higbee’s dream came true after computers made it possible to reprint the map.