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Auction 129, Lot 252

"Map of the City of Los Angeles Showing Railway Systems", Railroad Companies, (Various)

Subject: Los Angeles, California

Period: 1903 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

21 x 23.5 inches
53.3 x 59.7 cm
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This large map folds into 72 -page "Whitlock's Guide to California April, 1904" (5" x 7"). The highly detailed map of the city is surrounded by an extensive street index keyed to the map. The map is centered on downtown and extends northeast to include much of Piedmont Avenue, east to Evergreen Cemetery, south to Slauson Avenue and west to the Los Angeles Country Club at Pico and Western Avenues. Locates the Agricultural Park, Rosedale Cemetery, Westlake Park and Echo Park. Important buildings are located and named. The main features are the railways: the Pacific Electric RY Lines in red; Los Angeles RY Lines in yellow; the L.A. Traction Lines in blue; and the Los Angeles Pacific R.R. shown in green. Also locates the Pacific Electric Interurban Depot. At the turn of the twentieth century Los Angeles could boast of their extensive commuter rail system with more than 1000 miles of track. Best remembered are the Pacific Electric lines "Red Cars." The last pre-Metro train in Los Angeles was the train to Long Beach which ceased operations in 1961. The map is in the original tourist book that describes the area in text and through scores of photographs and advertisements. Some of the advertisers are: Long Beach Bath House; Mt. Lowe Incline Railway; Hotel Del Monte; Hotel Colorado, Fremont Hotel; Wilson Peak Park; Relief Hot Springs; Willow Springs Sanatorium and more. Numerous cities are also advertised: Coronado; Santa Barbara; Catalina; Redondo; Hemet; San Diego and more. Dated April 1904 copyright Laura Whitlock.


Condition: A

The folding map is flawless and fine. Contents and covers fine less two abrasions along spine. Inside two pages with attached map loose from staples.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/23/2009