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The First Street Map of San Francisco

41. William M. Eddy. “Official Map of San Francisco Compiled from the Field Notes of the Official Re-Study” (Washington, D.C.: C. B. Graham Lith., 1849). From Ex. Doc. No. 18, U.S. Senate, 31st Congress, 1st session, 1849. Black-and-white lithograph with a couple of original color notations regarding grants and claims. 24 5/8 x 19" at neat line. Sheet: 26 1/4 x 20 3/4". Minor scattered spotting, especially in u. l. corner and along one old fold. Otherwise, excellent.

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The clamor for information about the California Gold Region and the “over-night” city of San Francisco stimulated the production of maps for emigrants and settlers. William Eddy, surveyor for the town of San Francisco, created this first street map of the city in 1849. Only three years prior to the publication of the map, the United States had taken possession of that portion of California including San Francisco, and the next year, in 1847, an ordinance changed the city’s name from Yerba Buena to San Francisco That same year, Jasper O'Farrell completed a survey of San Francisco covering 800 acres to Leavenworth and Fourth streets. Eddy’s map extends the city limits to Larkin, Eighth, and Townsend streets. The next year, California became a state. This a wonderful early document of Gold Rush California.


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