E. C. Sessions’ Map of Oakland and Brooklyn
Excellent 1871 map of Oakland with Transcontinental Railroad terminus – lithographed by famous African American artist G.T. Brown.
Important 19th century map of Oakland with an inset of Oakland and San Francisco. The map includes a lot of interesting railroad information, including lines extending out along the long wharves in San Francisco Bay, the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, completed just two years prior. For a traveler headed from the East Coast to San Francisco, this was the penultimate stop; from here he or she would take a short ferry ride to San Francisco (this being before the Bay Bridge). In addition, proposed lines, rights-of-way, and important real estate holding are shown for the Central Pacific Railroad.
Water lots are shown along the San Antonio estuary. Lake Merritt is labeled only “Lake.” The city charter line and important landing holdings are among the many fascinating features found on this map.
Short tear in left edge.