How do I make my SSURGO data usable in ArcView?

Once you have downloaded a .zip archive of the data, you will need to unzip it using a shareware program like WinZip. Extract the files to a directory that you will remember.

The files you extract will be ArcInfo export files, with an e00 extension. There will be about 100 files. 26 of them correspond to soils data tables explained elsewhere. The other files are soil maps, divided into quadrangle and survey area wide extents. An more detailed explanation of the files is available in this readme file, which contains parts of the readme file that you can download with the data.

You will need to convert the e00 files into ArcView shape files. This can be done using a utility found in the ArcView BIN32 directory called Import71. When you run Import71, you will need to Browse... to a ArcInfo export file and also specify the filename and location for the new shapefile. The extension for the new file should be .shp.

When you convert the table files, you will not see a new file with the name you specified. However, there will be an info directory in the directory you specified for the new file. In ArcView, when you Add a table, you will be able to navigate to this new info directory and add a table with the name you specified. When you convert the soil map files, you will see new shape files as you specified. These can be added as themes to an ArcView view. A more detailed explanation is available.