Old Map of Los Angeles, 1887 - Rare City Chart - Downtown, Chinatown, Financial District, Skid Row, Fashion District
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An extremely rare, early map of Los Angeles, first published in 1887.
This is one of the most detailed maps of Los Angeles ever published, and it chronicles the city during the largest of its booms. There's an intense level of detail here, with the names of land owners, water locations, railways, township numbers, and many early subdivisions that you might recognise the names of.
The late 1800s were one of the most exciting times for LA, as recently connected railroads brought thousands of people to the west coast.
Because the original map was so large, the smallest writing is very hard to read at smaller map sizes. I would suggest you buy at least the 18x24 inch (45x60cm) map, or larger if you have the space. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 170 inches (430cm) tall. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20 inch (40x50cm) version of this map.
Some of the subdivisions and tracts shown on this map include: Childs Heights, L.A. View Tract, Acme Tract, Meadow Glen Tract, Washington Heights Tract, Rosemont Tract, Boston Heights, Spruce Tract, Tuttle & Gleeson's Subdivision, West End Terrace Tract, Clements Tract, Brooklyn Heights Ganahl Tract, Kiefer Tract, Leck Tract, Garbolino Tract, South Porter Tract, South Archibald Tract, Weiss Tract, Lonos Subdvision, McGarry Tract, McQuaid Tract, Herscheval Tract, and Dalton Tract.
The map stretches from roughly Elysian Park in the north, to Boyle Heights and the Fashion District in the south. All of central/downtown Los Angeles can be seen on this map, up to roughly South Park on the western edge and Pico Gardens on the east.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your street or even house! Feel free to message me if you want to confirm if a certain area or street is on this map.
This would make a wonderful birthday, housewarming or Christmas gift for someone from Los Angeles or who has the west coast in their heart.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes the map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.