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Featured Maps! Spanish Missions in California

Theme for the week: Spanish Missions in California

Oct 22-Nov 9, 2018

On September 9, 1850, California became the 31st state to be admitted into the United States. Prior to statehood, the area was known as Alta California, under Spanish and then Mexican rule. During the Spanish colonial period, Catholic priests of the Franciscan order founded the twenty-one California missions, created to evangelize the Native Americans living in the area. The Spanish also built pueblos, which are small settlements. Two of them along with the Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores) grew into the some of the largest cities in California: Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco. Other smaller cities and towns also were established around the missions.

The missions and pueblos were connected by the El Camino Real, or the Royal Road, a 600-mile road that ran from San Diego up to Sonoma. This road closely follows today’s U.S. Route 101. Missions were approximately 30 miles apart to allow travelers to reach each destination after one long day’s ride on horseback.

Several of the missions are designated National Historic Landmarks, and all of the missions are California Historic Landmarks. Most of the missions are still owned and operated by the Catholic Church.

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Title: California lost mines and ghost towns, early Spanish missions

by Dagosta, Andy. Cooper Enterprises.; Cooper Graphics (1969)

Call Number: MAP G4361.E15 1969 .D2

Title: California missions

by Global Graphics Inc. (2007)

Call Number: MAP G4361.E424 2007 .G56 Vertical File

Title: A map of the missions, presidios, pueblos, and some of the more interesting ranchos of Spanish California : together with the routes of the principal land explorations therein

by Robinson, W. W. (William Wilcox), 1891-1972. Newbro, William H.; Hanna, Phil Townsend, 1896-1957.; Butler, Lowell.; Automobile Club of Southern California. (1956)

Call Number: MAP G4361.S1 1956 .R6

Title: The Gabrielino Indians at the time of the Portola expedition

by Southwest Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.) (1962)

Call Number: MAP G4362.S6E15 1769 .G2

Title: San Jose street map

by Rand McNally and Company. San Jose Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (1997)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S52 1997 .R2

Title: San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale

by Thomas Bros. Maps. King of the Road Map Service (1999)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S52 1999 .T4

Title: Street map of San Francisco peninsula, central section

Author not given (1966)

Call Number: MAP G4362.S36P2 1966 .H2

Title: City of San Francisco and its vicinity, California : from a trigonometrical survey

by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Cutts, R. D. (Richard Dominicus), 1817-1883 (1852)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S5 1852 .U5

Title: San Francisco and vicinity, California

by Geological Survey (U.S.) (1957)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S5 1954 .U6

Title: San Francisco, northern peninsula cities street map, California : features full street index, schools, shopping malls : communities included–Daly City, Half Moon Bay … San Francisco Int’l Airport, plus downtown & vicinity maps

by Rand McNally and Company. G.M. Johnson & Associates Ltd.; NAVTEQ  (2013)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S5 2013 .R2

Title: Tour map of San Francisco

by California State Automobile Association. Cartographic Department. Automobile Club of Southern California (1981)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S5E635 1981 .C3

Title: Presidio of San Francisco, California

by United States. National Park Service (1980)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S5:2P7 1980 .U5

Title: Plano del Puerto de S. Diego : en la costa setent. de Californias

by Pantoja y Arriaga, Juan (1979?)

Call Number: MAP G4362.S345 1782 .M6 Vertical File

Title: Rand McNally map of San Diego County : section of complete map of California

by Rand McNally and Company (1940)

Call Number: MAP G4363.S24 1940 .R3

Title: Metsker’s map of San Diego County, California

by Metsker Maps (1980?)

Call Number: MAP G4363.S24 1980 .M3

Title: Central San Diego area

by Automobile Club of Southern California. Travel Publications Department. California State Automobile Association (1987)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S4P2 1987 .A8

Title: San Diego street map

by Rand McNally and Company. (1997)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S4 1997 .R2

Title: Bird’s eye view of Santa Barbara, California, 1877. Looking north to the Santa Barbara Mountains

by Glover, E. S. (Eli Sheldon), 1844-1920. A.L. Bancroft & Company.; Historic Urban Plans (1972)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S57 1877 .G5

Title: Map of Santa Barbara and Goleta

by Bekins Van & Storage Co. (1963)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S57 1963 .B3

Title: Plan de la ciudad de los Angeles

by Ord, Edward Otho Cresap, 1818-1883. Hutton, Wm. R. (William Rich), 1826-1901.; Historic Urban Plans (1849)

Call Number: MAP G4364.L8 1849 .O7

Title: Map of the city of Los Angeles showing the confirmed limits surveyed in August 1857

by Hancock, Henry. Bancroft & Thayer.; Historic Urban Plans  (1857)

Call Number: MAP G4364.L8 1857 .H3  

Title: City of Los Angeles : incorporated under American law April 4, 1850

by Los Angeles (Calif.). Department of Water and Power (1950)

Call Number: MAP G4364.L8 1950 .L6

Title: View of San Gabriel, Cal.

by Morse, D. D. Historic Urban Plans (1893?)

Call Number: MAP G4364.S512A3 1893 .M6

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