1889 Orange County California Map Poster
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Produced only two years following the discovery of gold in the Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County was experiencing a boom in population and economic growth. This was spurred by settlers flocking in on the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroads. This map was also published the same year that the county gained a referendum to be renamed and secede from Los Angeles County. Produced by prominent Civil Engineer and resident Colonel Solomon H. Finley, this map’s minimal aesthetic and unique style are a prime example of civic cartography for the era. Characterized by bold colors in contrast and crisp stark lines, these depictions are remarkable pieces of nineteenth-century American history.Finley would go on to become an important political figure in the county during the early parts of the twentieth century and eventually became mayor. Finley also negotiated the land acquisition deal that would eventually also for the establishment of modern-day Huntington Beach. The region would experience significant growth in 1904 following the completion of the Pacific Electric Railway, which would expand economic opportunities across Southern California. The region retained a thriving agricultural economy throughout the early twentieth century. Following the conclusion of World War II, the region experienced an economic transformation and became a center for the thriving aerospace industry.Nestled between San Diego and Los Angeles, Orange County became the quintessential picture of Southern California. This map hearkens to a different time, and its indelible style immediately transports the viewer back in time, an authentic piece of cartographical history.Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. This eye-catching vintage map reproduction print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery. Overall Size: 24'' W x 24'' H



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