Old Maps have so much history in them… Below are some maps from the latter part of the nineteenth century of California, San Francisco and the East Bay (click on them to see zoomed in enlargements):
Map of California circa 1874. An interesting observation to note, Tulare Lake. At the time this was considered the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi, until the lake dried up after its tributary rivers were diverted for agricultural irrigation and municipal water uses. Any other interesting observations?
This Map of San Francisco Circa 1853 makes me want to order a drink in some old saloon. Notice among many other things the “plank road” that connected SOMA to the Mission.