A GIANT Downloadable Map Of Los Angeles, Circa 1915
The Automobile Club of Southern California has released a monstrously sized, downloadable map of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains that they commissioned back in good ol' 1915. Play with it on the Big Map Blog or keep a copy under the bed with the rest of your map porn collection.
Southern California has a very special relationship with the automobile. It will come as no surprise to Angelenos that the commissioners of this map - their own Automobile Club of Southern California - was among the first of its kind in the nation - founded back in 1900, when the automobile was still in a relative state of infancy. The Automobile Club had as its platform the improvement of roads, standardization of traffic laws, and a general promotion of automobile accessibility. They were also instrumental in securing the construction of the Castaic-Tejon Route through the San Gabriel Mountains [gmap], which can just barely be seen on this image in the upper-left quarter, above the cities of Saugus and Newhall.