The 70-ton map
According to BLDGBLOG, an enormous 70-ton relief map of California has turned up at “an undisclosed location” in San Francisco. Originally unveiled in 1924, at the time it was considered to be the largest map in the world – it’s as long as two football fields – but has been in storage since the sixties. And for the foreseeable future, that’s where it’s staying, simply because moving, restoring and housing it would cost too much (the last estimate was $500,000 – and that was 30 years ago).
Hopefully someone with far too much money will step forward and offer to get this amazing map back on display. Mr Jobs? Got any spare cash lying around?
This is actually somewhat enlightening. When going through my Grandpa’s photos from the 1930’s I actually found a somewhat blurry photo of this very same map, probably taken from just a few feet to the right of the bottom photo above with the guy standing in San Francisco bay. Crazy!
I never knew where it was from and assumed it was taken at the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition in San Diego where some other shots where some other shots in the same album were from. Possibly this was exhibited there?