The HindII and HindIII restriction maps of the attphi80-tonB-trp region of the Escherichia coli chromosome are presented. Analysis of phage DNAs carrying tonB mutations has allowed identification of a 1,730-base pair HindII fragment containing at least part of the tonB gene. This fragment is 4,020 base pairs from the end of trpA, with the total distance from attphi80 to trpA being 6,550 +/- 800 base pairs. Properties of hybrid plasmids containing insertions of various tonB+ restriction fragments suggest that tonB lies completely within the 1,730-base pair fragment. In addition, apparent fusions of beta-galactoside to proteins within the tonB region suggest that the entire region codes for more than one polypeptide.