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Geographic Names Information System: National Geographic Names Data Base, Michigan Geographic Names (ICPSR 8374)

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The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) was developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to meet major national needs regarding geographic names and their standardization and dissemination. This dataset consists of standard report files written from the National Geographic Names Data Base, one of five data bases maintained in the GNIS. A standard format data file containing Michigan place names and geographic features such as towns, schools, reservoirs, parks, streams, valleys, springs and ridges is accompanied by a file that provides a Cross-Reference to USGS 7.5 x 7.5 minute quadrangle maps for each feature. The records in the data files are organized alphabetically by place or feature name. The other variables available in the dataset include: Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) state/county codes, Geographic Coordinates -- latitude and longitude to degrees, minutes, and seconds followed by a single digit alpha directional character, and a GNIS Map Code that can be used with the Cross-Reference file to provide the name of the 7.5 x 7.5 minute quadrangle map that contains that geographic feature.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  GEONAMES - Download All Files (6 MB)
DS2:  QUADNUM - Download All Files (2.5 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey. Geographic Names Information System: National Geographic Names Data Base, Michigan Geographic Names. ICPSR08374-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08374.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   computer aided mapping, geography

Geographic Coverage:   Michigan, United States

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection may be used in conjunction with digitized sectional basemaps available in 1:2,000,000-scale. See UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY DIGITAL CARTOGRAPHIC DATA STANDARDS: DIGITAL LINE GRAPHS FROM 1:2,000,000-SCALE MAPS (ICPSR 8379). There is a second, related data collection available from the ICPSR: GEOGRAPHIC NAMES INFORMATION SYSTEM: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NAMES DATABASE, POPULATED PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES (ICPSR 8369).


Data Source:

Records or entries for most named geographic features on all United States Geological Survey 7.5-minute topographic map series, with the exception of road and highway names.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8374.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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