Author: Steve Shivers (---.er.usgs.gov)
Date: 02-08-06 08:04
The PDF works for me. You can also view the USGS map at:
Use the "View Scale" drop down window on the left side to zoom in and out. Click "Update Map" when you've selected a scale. You can recenter by clicking on the map. This map is from 1948, so don't expect to see current roads and buildings. I assume the landscape hasn't changed much! Placenames shown were those that were offically recognized by the U.S. Government at the time of publication.
I did more looking into the name of the island's high point. USGS Geographic Information System shows the following:
Board on Geographic Names Decisions
Feature Name: Resaca, Monte
Decision Year: 1950
Authority Decision Type: Board Decision Official
So as far as the government is concerned, Resaca is correct. However, there are plenty of instances where names used by the locals differ from what's official. I lived for almost 10 years in Alaska. The official name for North America's highest peak is Mount McKinely. Everyone living up there calls it by its native name - Denali. So is Vigias the name used by the locals? Inquiring minds want to know. I'd still like to no about access too.
As long as we are talking about high points, here's some elevations:
North America: 20,321' - 6194 m
Puerto Rico: Cerro de Punta 4390' - 1,338 m
Culebra: 650' - 198 m
Luis Pena: 476' - 145 m
S & L in VA