Map of the Spring Valley Water Works compiled from actual surveys


Date: 1876
Place: San Francisco
Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 in)
Condition Rating: VG+

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Bringing water from Calaveras Reservoir to Crystal Springs –  Spring Valley Water Works pipe line map.


Produced under the direction of Hermann Schüssler, the famous chief engineer of the Spring Valley Water Works, this map is designed to highlight the potential for the Calaveras Reservoir in supplying water to the city of San Francisco. Water was to be brought from Calaveras via a new pipe line running along the southern edge of the Bay, north of Santa Clara and San Jose.

The map illustrates the extensive network of supply lines already in existence from Crystal Spring to San Francisco. Railroads and towns are also shown, along with important topographic features.


Rare Maps by Hermann Schüssler

Hermann Schüssler or Schussler (1842 -1919) was a German water-systems engineer and architect of dams famous for designing the Comstock water system.

He emigrated to California 1864 and started working for the Spring Valley Water Works of San Francisco. He worked on several projects in the Bay Area. Remarkable projects are the dams at Crystal Springs Reservoir and San Andreas Lake which survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Schüssler became chief engineer of Marin County, and later of Virginia City. In Virginia City, he worked for Virginia City and Gold Hill Water Company and build the Comstock water system. Schüssler also worked for the Sutro Tunnel Company and designed the water system for Tuscarora and Pioche. In 1878, he worked on several water projects in Hawaii.

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