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10 Antique Maps of San Francisco That Will Take Your Breath Away

San Francisco, California

The boom-bust dynamics of San Francisco has been on vibrant display since the dawn of the city's history. From the Gold Rush of the 19th century to the dotcom boom of the late 20th century to the recent start-up craze, San Francisco has always been a haven for entrepreneurs and fortune seekers. Situated on the west coast of the United States, the city lies at the edge of the American frontier and has often been a destination for those trying to expand a new idea into a company, along with those attracted to the alternative lifestyle and lase-fair cultural values it holds. In San Francisco's wild west days, the metropolis was mostly populated by men (miners left their wives behind at home to set out for gold), which meant that the city was largely lawless. Thus, SF's eccentric reputation came to be solidified. One of the defining moments of the city's history was the devastating 1906 earthquake, which demolished much of the city and allowed an influx of cutting edge architects to come in and rebuild the city. To help understand why the city by the bay is one of the world's most unique cities on the world globe, here are 10 beautiful antique maps of the San Francisco.

The First Ever Known Map of San Francisco, from 1772 and by Juan Crespie

sf fray juan crespie 1772 1st ever map

1868 George H. Goddard Bird's Eye View Map

SF George H. Goddard in 1868

1875 L. R. Townsend, E. Wyneken & J. Mendenhall Map

SF L. R. Townsend, E. Wyneken & J. Mendenhall in 1875

1885 San Francisco Police Department - Vice Squad - Map of Chinatown

sf chinatown map 1885

1905 Daniel Burnham Map

sf Daniel Burnham in 1905

1906 Candrian Map

1906 Candrian Map or Plan of San Francisco, California

1906 Earthquake and Fire Map of San Francisco

1906 earthquake and fire map

1908 Reconstruction Map of San Francisco

1908 sf reconstruction map

1915 Map of San Francisco

sf 1915

1939 Golden Gate International Exposition Map

st 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition

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