Press: Stream & Lake Map of West Virginia
STREAM AND LAKE MAP OF WEST VIRGINIA
SHOWS VIRTUALLY EVERY DROP OF WATER
Highly Detailed Map
Based on Famous "Lost Stream Map"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: -- Williamsport, PA. -- People shake their heads in amazement when they see it: Professor Higbee's Stream and Lake Map of West Virginia, a beautiful, 3.5-by-4-foot color map showing 32,278 miles of streams plus lakes.
It’s the first and only highly detailed map of its kind, plotting virtually every tributary, stream, river, and lake in West Virginia.
A guide book is included with each map, Professor Higbee’s Explorers’ Guide to Hidden Streams and Lakes of West Virginia locates 4,924 streams and lakes both alphabetically and geographically. The map and guidebook also locate the “best” 98 fishing waters in West Virginia.
The story of how the West Virginia map came into being begins with the late Howard Higbee, who spent 30 years drawing a stream map of another state, Pennsylvania.
Higbee, who was a soils scientist and Pennsylvania State University professor, personally charted and hand-drew Pennsylvania's 45,000 miles of streams on his map. Starting with many large topographic maps and aerial photographs, he reduced them again and again, drawing in each stream under high magnification. Then, to check distances, he modified his car's odometer to measure miles in 500ths.
Finally, in 1965, after three decades of work, Higbee completed his "Stream Map of Pennsylvania," as it came to be known. Fishermen, conservationists, foresters and others with a stake in the great outdoors all wanted copies.
The map sold extremely well. But after a printing company reproduced 70,000 copies of Higbee's marvel over the next several years, the company went out of business--and destroyed the original drawing and the printing plates. Because existing copies had been printed in non-photographic blue, it was impossible to make new printing plates from them.
Higbee considered redrawing all 45,000 miles of streams. But his advancing age--he was in his seventies--made this an insurmountable task. So it appeared that the great Stream Map, now widely known as the "Lost Stream Map," was doomed to a life span equal to that of the existing limited copies.
How valuable were the surviving copies? One person offered Professor Higbee $400 for his last copy of the map. The Department of Environmental Resources kept its one remaining copy under lock and key.
Two decades later, in 1991, Larry Seaman and Karl Ings, of Vivid Publishing Company in Williamsport, came across a dog-eared copy of the map and made inquiries that led them to the Professor, then 91. When he told them his story, they decided to do what National Geographic and other experts said couldn't be done: reproduce and republish the map.
At first, they were stymied. After all, they would have to duplicate a network of streams resembling capillaries in the human circulatory system. Who had the skill and patience to do it? What of the cost?
Then came a stroke of luck. Entirely new printing technology emerged that would allow reproduction of non-photographic blue. At least that was the claim. Seaman and Ings made test proofs, prepared to be disappointed with the results.
"But the results were much better than we expected," Ings said. "All the details were crisp and clear. And we knew at that moment that Howard was going to live to see the republication of the "Stream Map."
Professor Higbee did indeed live to see the resurrection of his legendary masterpiece. Before he died at age 93 in 1993, the new version of the map had won rave reviews from newspapers across Pennsylvania--and the thanks of thousands of outdoors persons who are now using it as a reference tool.
Before his death, Higbee supported Seaman and Ings desire to map the streams of other states by sharing his map making techniques with them. Then, by combining Higbee's Knowledge with computer technology and a team of map makers, the West Virginia map was completed in just over one year.
"We now have a map with incredible detail that we think every serious outdoors person in West Virginia will want,” Ings said. Seaman said, "To honor Howard, the maps carry his likeness and the title ‘Professor Higbee's Stream and Lake Map of West Virginia’, a constant reminder of his high standards for detail, accuracy, and quality.”
Three free guide books are included with each map. Professor Higbee’s Explorers’ Guide to Hidden Streams and Lakes of West Virginia, Finding Secret Fishing Spots and How Anglers Stalk and Catch Record Fish.
The 3.5-by-4-foot West Virginia map is available both rolled and folded at $19.95 each. A write-on-wipe-off laminated version, with brass eyelets for hanging (rolled) at $39.95 each. Custom wall sized map murals are also available. Add $7.50 shipping per order.
Available at www.streammaps.com or Vivid Publishing, Inc., 924 Funston Ave, P.O. Box 3174, Williamsport, PA 17701. Phone orders call 1-800-326-9694.
CONTACT: Larry Seaman or Karl Ings at 1-800-326-9694.
PHOTOS/press releases are AVAILABLE at the bottom of the previous page - www.streammaps.com/press.php
#1 Professor Higbee working on the map in 1965
#2 Professor Higbee reviewing a proof of new map, 1991.
#3 Professor Higbee with huge fish.
#4 Ryan Ings, map maker, landing a big fish at his favorite secret fishing spot.
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