This is a large wall map attached to its original wooden dowels. It depicts Sacramento County in extensive detail, from the low delta lands between the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, north to about ten miles beyond the State Capitol and east into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The southernmost portion of Sacramento County has direct access to San Francisco Bay.
A compilation of drafting, survey work, and confirmation studies by official county surveyor J. C. Boyd, this is above all a property map, with boundary lines and owner names delineated in remarkable detail. The focal point of the county is of course the city of Sacramento, the state capitol of California. Railroad and road (both private and county) networks can be seen spreading out from the city, the urban grid of which is drawn. A table shows distances from the Sacramento City Court House to other locations within the county. Levees, cemeteries, postal receiving boxes, and schools are also plotted.
The important natural features of the county are elegantly represented, including its major watercourses: the American River, the Sacramento River, the Cosumnes River, a tributary of the Mokelumne River, and Dry Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River. Shading is used to depict topography. An inset map at bottom shows Sherman Island, an island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta at the confluence of the two rivers in Sacramento County, across from the city of Antioch.
Adorning the map in the upper-middle right is a series of wonderful photographic vignettes displaying prominent features of Sacramento County, including the State Capitol building and State Bank, Folsom State Prison, Buffalo Brewing Co., bridges, fields, the Sacramento City Post Office and waterfront, and, of course, Sutter’s Fort.