NYU Spatial Data Repository

Official Map of Chinatown in San Francisco (Raster Image)

This layer is a georeferenced image of a map of Chinatown in San Francisco published in 1885. This map details the various districts: Chinese occupancy, gambling, prostitution, opium resorts, joss houses (temples or shrines), and white prostitution. Map also describes use of the ground floor for each parcel. This map is a part of the volume: The Chinese at Home and Abroad: Together with the Report of the Special Committee of the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco on the Condition of the Chinese Quarter of that City. Covers area between Kearny Street and Stockton Street, and California Street and Broadway Street. The historic map layers in the Google Earth Rumsey Map Collection have been selected by David Rumsey from his large collection of historical maps, as well as some from other collections with which he collaborates. All the maps contain rich information about the past and represent a sampling of time periods, scales, and cartographic art, resulting in visual history stories that only old maps can tell. Each map has been georeferenced by Rumsey, thus creating unique digital map images that allow the old maps to appear in their correct places on the modern globe. Some of the maps fit perfectly in their modern spaces, while othersgenerally earlier period mapsreveal interesting geographical misconceptions of their time. Cultural features on the maps can be compared to the modern satellite views using the slider bars to adjust transparency. The result is an exploration of time as well as space, a marriage of historic cartographic masterpieces with innovative contemporary software tools.
Cartography Associates
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)
Historical geography, Gambling, Opium, Prostitution, Chinese Americans, and Imagery and Base Maps
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