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This Is Not A Hi-Way Map  

Scarce historial / pictorial map of California, drawn by G.P. Dicus.

The map is both historical work and curated list of hotels, restaurants and curious attractions around California, a recommended by the artists / cartographers.

For a native Californian, the list appears to be quite eclectic and by no means that recommendations of a high budget traveler. 

The map continues

Things That Help To Make Warm and Wholesome Memories Are Offered The Public By The Establishments Named Here. 

No Name May Appear Unless It Has Been Carefully Selected.  This is Not Just Another Business Listing of Commercial Businesses.

They Have All Been Visited By The Cartographyer and His Wife.  Not Always The Biggest But Always The Best.  

Sincerely,  Cartographers G.P. Dicus and Bea Dicus

This would seem to be the first of the Dicus pictorial maps, followed by:

  • American Indians (1952)
  • Historic Old West and Southwest (1952)
  • United States of America (1953) 
  • Mother Lode Gold Country (1953)
  • A historical map of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks and vicinity (1953)
  • California Mission Trails (1954)
  • Historical map of the Redwood Empire and Trinity. Alps country (1954)


The map is apparently quite rare. This is the first time we have ever seen the map.

There seems to be more than one edition of this map.  OCLC catalogs 2 copies for 1950, 2 copies for 1954, 1 for 1858 and 1 for 1961

OCLC locates 3 copies (Library of Congress, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and California State Library).

Condition Description
Tear on top right corner. Repaired with archival tape. Minor abrasions, including some minor loss, primarily along the bottom images.