Let’s Take A Drive Down Serpentine Ave
Eric Fischer points us to this 1859 Assessor’s map of Serpentine Avenue, the predecessor to Cesar Chavez nee Army. It shows lots for sale along Precita Creek, Bernal and San Jose Road. Edited verison below, original here.
Serpentine followed the old stone wall marking the northern border of Jose Bernal’s giant plat of land.
Here’s a zoom on the plan for the creek and the road (with west up):
Note S Van Ness is called Howard, 29th Dale and 30th is Grove.
That would have been a rather entertaining drive. And that little park on Coso Ave and Precita used to be a gravel pit! Typical aggressive land sales on the top of Bernal… Curious if any of the bridges were in place but just not shown on the 1857/1859 Coast Survey map.
Also of interest is the 1861 Langley Map. Looks like development was slow.
In the 1880s, the city built Army Street and Precita creek was redirected into a sewer (one that is supposed to be replaced next year). By the 1890s, as Eric previously mentioned, Serpentine Ave turned into a legal quagmire as it never really was a legal road. Whoops!
Now all we have left of Serpentine is that jaunty little corner of Capp into Mission and CC.