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The Only Place in California Where Summer and Winter Are Equally Delightful

Rare 1887 promotional map and tract promoting an auction of lots for sale in the Eddy Tract of Santa Barbara, sold by the Southern California Land and Immigration Company.

The map shows an area of approximately 16 blocks in Santa Barbara's Eastside neighborhood, about 6 blocks from Santa Barbara's East Beach, just west of the Montecito Club, between the Santa Barbara Zoo and Cleveland Elementary School.  Drawn by Civil Engineer George T. Wright on a scale of 100 ft. = 1 inch, the map details the Eddy Tract, with a map of the City of Santa Barbara and the location of the Railroad Depot 7 blocks to the west of the Eddy Tract.

On the verso is a fine promotional text extolling the virtues of Santa Barbara, along with fascinating statistical comparisons for temperature, rainfall and other enticing metrics.

Incorporated on about September 2, 1887 (Los Angeles Herald, September 3, 1887), The Southern California Land and Immigration seems to have been a short-lived real estate promoter, with perhaps 4 known projects (Palm Springs, Pacific Grove, Santa Barbara and Paso Robles).  We note the following maps and promotional tracts promoting real estate offered by the company:

  • Maps of the City of El Paso de Robles and adjoining subdivisions: the property of Blackburn Bros. & James, survey completed March 1887 (2 copies -- Yale and Bancroft Library)
  • The land of afternoon: Palm Valley (1 copy - UCSD)

The Daily Alta California notes a project at Pacific Grove which was sold and promoted in June 1887.


The map is unrecorded and may be a unique survival.

Condition Description
Folding map with minor soiling and toning.