This is a large panoramic map of the San Francisco waterfront stretching from South Basin to the edge of the Presidio. It was originally published in an important pamphlet regarding proposed changes to the seawall between the city and San Francisco Bay, titled: “Report of the Board of State Harbor Commissioners on the New Water-Front Line of San Francisco, to the Legislature of the State of California 1877-8.”
The map is oriented with west at top, maintaining focus on the water front by extending the visible area inland by only a limited number of city blocks. It depicts parts of many San Francisco neighborhoods; from left to right (i.e. south to north), we see parts of today’s Candlestick Point, Hunter’s Point, Dogpatch, Mission Bay, South Beach, the Financial District, North Beach, Russian Hill, and the Marina.
With many street names that no longer exist, now long-covered marsh lands, and filled-in tidal areas, this sweeping map offers an interesting view of San Francisco’s evolving waterfront and embarcadero in the late 19th century.