Railroad Map of the City of San Francisco California


Documenting a rapidly expanding city: 1866 map of San Francisco.

Cartographer(s): Adrien Gensoul, Britton & Rey
Date: 1866
Place: San Francisco
Dimensions: 33.5 x 39 cm (13.3 x 15.2 in)
Condition Rating: VG+

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Nice plan of San Francisco, originally published in a municipal report. The map is printed in black, with ward numbers and concentric circles giving distances from Portsmouth Square printed in red. It shows rail transit lines, and extends west as far as Divisadero Street, which is at the top, and south to Napa Street.

Four street railways are shown: North Beach and Mission Railroad, Market Street Railroad, Central Railroad and the Omnibus Railroad.


Adrien Gensoul

Adrien Gensoul (1823-1877), emigrated from Paris, France to California in 1850 at the age of 27. Gensoul was a well-known San Francisco book dealer and importer of fine goods. He imported prints, photographs and art supplies, and was a frame manufacturer in San Francisco, active c. 1861- c. 1865.

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.

Condition Description

Left margin trimmed short. Minor discoloration at folds.