The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS -

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.

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