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One of the Earliest Large Format Maps of Southern California -- Southern California Oil Boom Map

Extremely rare map of Southern California, published by Stoll & Thayer in Los Angeles.

This remarkably detailed topographical map of Southern California would seem to have been published as part of the Southern California oil boom, as it is one of the few maps published during the period to provide a general overview of the region, with a focus on producing oil fields.

The map includes a key that identifies 20 Southern California oil fields and their location. Important for the study of the history of oil in southern California. Also shows the location of various mining districts, as well as lists the height of local mountain peaks, and the elevations of cities. Owens Lake, among others, is included on the map.

N.B. Blunt's participation in the map is of interest. Blunt also participated in the preparation (as Delineator) of a rare wall map entitled Sectional & Road Map of Los Angeles County. Including part of Orange & Ventura Counties, showing the Oil and Mining Districts . . . By A.L. George, C.E., also published by Stoll & Thayer in 1900.

The treatment of the desert regions of San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego (soon to be Imperial) County are also of note.


Only 2 copies located by OCLC (Yale and Huntington Library). The American Antiquarian Society also holds a copy of the map.

This is the second time we have had the map (previous example was in December 2010).