Tamalpais Quadrangle (Topography)


1913 topographic map of southwest Marin County – early Stinson Beach township

Cartographer(s): U.S. Geological Survey
Date: 1913
Place: Washington, D.C.
Coloring: Old color
Dimensions: 43 x 56 cm (17 x 22 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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Extensively detailed topographic map of Marin County, covering an area from the Golden Gate to Bolinas to San Rafael. The map offers interesting detail of the natural landscape of Mt. Tamalpais, including Muir Woods National Monument just 5 years after Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national park.

Important landmarks of the coast of West Marin are displayed, including the lighthouse at Point Bonita. Stinson Beach is shown at its inception, a time when it consisted of a few business started by refugees of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906.

The map is interesting as well for its historical information, plotting the course of railroads and bridges, and features like land grant boundaries and reservation lines. San Rafael is by far the most developed city in the county at this time, and the map displays its urban grid to the individual building level.


U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey’s 15 Minute Quadrangle series was produced from the 1890s to the 1950s in order to provide a detailed topographic map coverage of the entire United States at the same scale.

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