Telling a Story Through
Highway and Planning Maps
The goal of this section of California Highways is to use actual and
planning maps from various years to tell the highway history of various regions
of the state. Choose one of the areas below to start your journey:
The following are some additional maps of interest that aren't covered by
the pages above:
Complete State of California
Regional Maps (as indicated)
Other Useful Map Sources
- Los Angeles Public
Library Map Collection. The map collection is over one hundred
years old, contains more than 225,000 physical items and represents a wide
scope, including local, national and international cartography. Selections
in this online collection focus on maps depicting Los Angeles and the West.
Look for more maps to be digitized and added soon.
Club of Southern California collection, 1892-1963 at USC. The
Automobile Club of Southern California Collection provides documentation on
the region's transportation history, especially Los Angeles from 1892 to
1963, from the Auto Club's Corporate Archives. The Collection includes: a
selection of 98 historic strip maps, illustrating the development of major
Southern California routes; 498 photographs from the general photograph
collection, depicting buildings, businesses, streets, and points of
interest; and 650 photographs from engineering notebooks along with
searchable transcriptions of the engineers' notes documenting the
conditions of streets, highways, bridges, railroads, etc.
- Old Maps
Online. Easy to use gateway to historical maps.
- David Rumsey Map
Collection. This site is more than just California State
Highway maps. But he does have an
extensive collection of California maps.
Historical Highway Maps. A large collection, from the Nevada
Department of Transportation, with historical state highway maps of Nevada
and much more. This is relevant for California both for the continuation of
routes into the state.
- Maps of the
Past. Maps of the Past is the source for historical maps. We
have painstakingly restored 6,000 antique maps already and others are
available on request. If you are looking for historical maps of any area in
the United States, call us first! Our library and archives include antique
map reproductions by the finest mapmakers in history: William Rand McNally,
Thomas Jefferys, Mathias Seutter, The Visscher Family, Henry Popple,
William Faden, Herman Moll, H. F. Walling, Simon Martinet, Fielding Lucas,
William Blaeu, S. Augustus Mitchell, Jeremiah Greenleaf, David Burr, Joseph
H. Colton, George Cram, Anthony Finley, Henry Tanner, Mathew Carey,
Frederick W. Beers, Steven Long, and Robert Knox Sneden. We're proud to be
the exclusive holder of rights to a series of maps from Robert Knox
Sneden's detailed personal history of the Civil War.
- Historic Map
Works. Based in Portland Maine, Historic Map Works, LLC is an
Internet company formed to create a historic digital map database of North
America and the world. Drawing on the largest physical collection of
American property atlases of its type, it is our aim to be the single best
online destination for map enthusiasts and researchers alike.
University Map Collection. The maps in this collection pertain
to the University campus, to other lands owned by Jane and Leland Stanford
or the University, and to adjacent communities.
Jose Library Digital Map Collection.
Maps of the Bay Area (Berkeley Library).
Vintage Maps: Old California Maps. Although the maps are for
sale, they are also viewable: when you click into a map page and use the
zoom button... you can see all kinds of details down to specific street
names, property owner names, business names, etc.
Historical Images of San Francisco. All sorts of mapped images
of San Francisco Streets.
Map Posting Policy for the California Highways web
- Current commercially available maps will not be
- State highway maps will not be posted in their
entirety, although portions may be used for discussion and teaching
- Copyright will be respected as much as possible,
although excerpts from copyrighted material may be used for
discussion and teaching purposes.
- The source for a map will always be indicated, if
- This site has no control over maps posted on
sites not part of the California Highways web
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