I was inspired to curate this panoramic map collection, after spotting cool old birds-eye view maps San Francisco Bay area on TV.
That TV series was “Halt and Catch Fire“. The latter two seasons were set in San Francisco. One of the main characters “Joe“, had a huge antique birds-eye view map of the city on his apartment wall. The map kept on catching my eye and I was determined to find it.
Not only did I find this antique San Francisco map but I also find a few more maps of the area. Here I share all the vintage birds-eye view maps I found with my research.
San Francisco has the highest proportion of the LGBTQ population of any city in the US if not the world. With it being pride month I thought it was also quite apt to share old maps of the city.
Facts About San Francisco
The city of San Francisco almost grew overnight from a fishing village into the internationally-famous city, as a consequence of the California Gold Rush.
Today, San Francisco’s 49 square miles are home to more than 800,000 people.
Three-quarters of the city was destroyed by an earthquake and subsequent fire in 1906. It was however quickly rebuilt and amazingly hosted the Panama-Pacific International Exposition world fair in 1915.
San Francisco has the highest population of gay and lesbian individuals in any city at 15%. It also has the highest percentage of same-sex households of any American county.
The city is renowned for being at the forefront of innovation from the gold rush in the 19th century. To banking industries at the end of the 19th Century. At the end of the 20th Century, San Francisco became the center of internet start-up companies and social media boom. The last two seasons of “Halt and Catch Fire” was about internet startups. Hence the program was set in San Francisco.
Silicon Valley, which is the center of computer innovation is in the San Franciso Bay area. It is home to many of the world’s largest high-tech corporations.
The Birds Eye View Maps Of San Francisco Bay Area
To download the old map of San Francisco you want, click on the title above the map. A higher resolution large map will open as a new tab in your browser. These are large files so may take a little while to open.
Right-click on the large map and select the “save as” option on the drop-down menu. This should save the map to your hard drive.
The maps can be printed at home. For a good quality large map print, I recommend using a print shop.
This beautiful map of San Francisco shows a birds-eye view from the bay looking South West. It was made in 1878 long before the devastating earthquake in 1906.
The map is illustrated with skewed docks and surrounding steam and sailing ships, hills, and ocean beyond. It was sketched and drawn by C. R. Parsons.
The Panama–Pacific International Exposition was a world’s fair held in San Francisco, in 1915. Its main purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. But it was widely viewed in the city as a chance to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake and fire.
This panoramic birds eye view of the city of San Francisco and surrounding country was drawn by George H. Goddard.
Another exhibition map of the city this one by Chevalier.
A perspective map not drawn to scale. Accompanied by: Key to Snow & May’s view of San Francisco and the surrounding country.
If you enjoyed these birds-eye-view maps of San Francisco then don’t forget some of the other large city maps on Pictureboxblue. There are large vintage maps of New York and antique maps of both London and lovely old maps of Paris.
If you are looking for a more global view don’t forget to check out my collections of antique world maps and hemispherical world maps. The pictorial world maps of Ernest Chase are worth checking out too.