1907 Geological Survey Map of San Francisco after 1906 Earthquake
Description: An unusual map of San Francisco, California, dating to 1907. This map was published by the U.S. Geological Survey following the terrible San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1806. This natural disaster, comparable to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, is considered the largest is California History. This map highlights the developed parts of San Francisco most damaged by the fire in red ink. It also shows the region occupied primarily by brick buildings, streets, water conduits, some topographical features, earthquake damage to streets, and cisterns. Published in the U.S. Geological Survey's report on the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, 1907.
Date: 1907 (dated)
Source: Humphrey, R. L., The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906, U. S. Geological Survey, 1907.
Cartographer: The Office of the Coast Survey (later the U.S. Geodetic Survey), founded in 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of Commerce Albert Gallatin, is the oldest scientific organization in the U.S. Federal Government. Jefferson created the "Survey of the Coast," as it was then called, in response to a need for accurate navigational charts of the new nation's coasts and harbors. The first superintendent of the Coast Survey was Swiss immigrant and West Point mathematics professor Ferdinand Hassler. Under the direction of Hassler, from 1816 to 1843, the ideological and scientific foundations for the Coast Survey were established. Hassler, and the Coast Survey under him developed a reputation for uncompromising dedication to the principles of accuracy and excellence. Hassler lead the Coast Survey until his death in 1843, at which time Alexander Dallas Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, took the helm. Under the leadership A. D. Bache, the Coast Survey did most of its most important work. During his Superintendence, from 1843 to 1865, Bache was steadfast advocate of American science and navigation and in fact founded the American Academy of Sciences. Bache was succeeded by Benjamin Pierce who ran the Survey from 1867 to 1874. Pierce was in turn succeeded by Carlile Pollock Patterson who was Superintendent from 1874 to 1881. In 1878, under Patterson's superintendence, the U.S. Coast Survey was reorganized as the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (C & GS or USGS) to accommodate topographic as well as nautical surveys. Today the Coast Survey is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. Click here for a list of rare maps from The United States Coast Survey.
Size: Printed area measures 13.75 x 11 inches (34.925 x 27.94 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition. Original foldlines. Else clean.
Code: SanFrancisco-humphrey-1907 (Necessary for phone inquiries: 646-320-8650)