Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Map: The Southland For Motorists, 1923

LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

In 1923, for drivers wishing to take their newfangled horseless carriage on the roads of Southern California, this map would have surely helped them navigate our thoroughfares. From the top of Mt. Lowe to the port--where you can hop a boat to the Orient!--this was how SoCal mapped out just about 90 years ago.

The map was posted by The Big Map Blog, who note who made the map:

This map was financed by the Pacific Southwest Trust and Savings Bank which later became the Security First National Bank, which then merged with Farmers and Merchants Bank of Los Angeles, which merged in 1956 with Security National Bank. After acquiring Pacific National Bank in 1967, they became Security Pacific National Bank. Then they were bought by Bank of America in 1992. And that, kids, is why banks suck now and don't make cool maps.

We've done some zooming of our own on the map to give you some closer looks at some familiar areas your own travels may have taken you. Enjoy!