1891 Bancroft Co. - Official Guide Map of the City and County of San Francisco
1891 Bancroft City and County of San Francisco
Bancroft's Official Guide Map of the City and County of San Francisco, Compiled from Official Maps in Surveyor's Office
The Bancroft Company
San Francisco, 1891
61 x 75 cm (24 x 29½ in)
Handsome, iconic map of San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake. Includes an inset of the Bay Area; in Marin county Sausalito is labeled with old town spelling Saucelito.
The map is very detailed, with key along the bottom that locates hundreds of points of interest. Most of city is laid out except for the area occupied by San Miguel Rancho. Blocks that are occupied are shaded; only third to half of city is occupied.
Many interesting features of late 19th century San Francisco are found on this map, including: the cemeteries at Lone Mountain, the Southern Pacific Railroad lines arriving from the southern peninsula, the Alms House Tract (Laguna Honda hospital today), Spring Valley Water Company reservoir, and more.
Circles radiate outward from the Ferry Building one apart mile apart; a reflection of the importance of ferry travel in the Bay Area decades before the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.
Several spurious street names are shown in the Marina District, including Tonguin and Lewis. These were planned to be on landfill but were never actually created; Tonguin street is instead Marina Boulevard and Lewis is Marina Green Drive.
Folder worn, spine repaired, corner missing; map with mild darkening along some folds, short splits at some fold intersections; very good.