1905 SF Sanborn Maps, Now in Color
Big historical map news — David Rumsey has scanned the Sanborn fire insurance maps for 1905 San Francisco.
The black and white images you often see here in the Burrito Justice Time Machine are merely scans of microfilm versions of the color originals. Mr Rumsey worked with the 6th Floor of the San Francisco Public Library to get the originals digitized, and the results are rather wonderful.
Oh, the irony of these volumes being damaged by fire in 1906.
I’ll obviously be digging into these a lot more over the next few weeks/months/years/rest of my life, but just for flavor, here’s the old Southern Pacific train station at Valencia and 25th.
Here’s the station itself:
1906, looking towards the city (well, northeast, actually). via Calisphere
Looking in the opposite direction (south):
(This and more in a nice collection of shots along the old SPRR line in this unfortunately stagnant blog.)
There’s another picture of policemen at the station waiting for President McKinley
but I can’t find it right now. UPDATE: found it, but it doesn’t show the station — I think that’s looking north across the triangular yard towards the building across 25th St – 299 San Jose to be precise. You can see the funky bay window on the full map. Nice turret! (That would make a great place to put a webcam! If, um, well you know what I mean.)
Oh, and for those concerned that there was only one saloon on this block (hi TK!) fret not as there was one just north of the station, and a ton up by 24th & Valencia, including a billiard-saloon combo! (Right next to a church.)
Anyway, here are the index files for our side of the city. Once your figure out the map number your block is on, it’s easiest to search for “[map number] Sanborn 1905” in the search box. (At some point I will make a mapesque clickable HTML grid — today is not that day however.)
Volume 6: La Lengua, Noe Valley, Glen Park, Castro (basically east of Douglass, south of 17th, west of Mission) along with a little bit of the Sunset and Ingleside, Oceanview and Portola):
Volume 5: Mission, Bernal, Potrero, Dogpatch, Hunters Point (basically south of 16th, east of Mission):
Have fun. I apologize in advance for the massive drop in productivity in the Mission, La Lengua and Bernal this week.
UPDATE: To avoid hue and cry and accusations of Mission/ La Lengua favoritism, here are the index files to the other volumes:
Volume 1: Above Market , to Van Ness (North Beach, Downtown, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Civic Center)
Volume 2: South of Market, north of 16th, SE of market
Volume 3: Western Addition, Van Ness to Broderick, Market to the bay (Pac Heights, Cow Hollow, Marina-to-be, Duboce, Lower Haight)
Volume 4: Broderick to the beach (Upper Haight, and what will become The Richmond & Presidio Heights)
p.s. So it looks like the Luna viewer isn’t very (read: at all) iPad friendly. Anyone know of an iPad/iPhone MrSID viewer? Or better yet something in HTML5? (Though I would totally buy a David Rumsey iPad app. Hint hint, @DavidRumseyMaps.)
And as an added bonus for those of you who read this entire article, here is that map of the block of Valencia / San Jose / 25th / 26th in BurritoVision:
One day I dream of cropping, merging and converting this entire Sanborn map set into seamless Google Earth tiles. Imagine an iPhone app where you could stand on a corner and pull up the Sanborn map to see what was there. You turn around, and the map rotates with you. Awesome, no?