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Fabulous turn-of-the-century property map of Sacramento County.

Place/Date: San Francisco / 1903
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Title: Official Map of Sacramento County, California. Compiled from Official Surveys by J. C. Boyd, County Surveyor. 1903
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
141 x 170 cm (55.5 x 67 in)
Identifier
NL-00637
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG

Description

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.

Cartographer(s)

Britton & Rey

Joseph Britton (1825 – July 18, 1901) was a lithographer, the co-founder of prominent San Francisco lithography studio Britton and Rey, and a civic leader in San Francisco, serving as a member of the Board of Supervisors and helping to draft a new city charter.

In 1852 he became active in lithography and publishing, first under the name Pollard and Britton, and then Britton and Rey, a printing company founded with his friend and eventual brother-in-law Jacques Joseph Rey. Britton and Rey became known as the premier lithographic and engraving studio of the Gold Rush era, producing letter sheets, maps, and artistic prints.

H. J. Furley

Condition Description

In very good condition for a wall map of this size and age. Some discoloration and staining along the top and bottom. Minor cracking and chipping in the map image.

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