Automobile Road Map Showing Relation of Orange Belt Cities to San Bernardino…


Road map of the Inland Empire and San Bernardino County focusing on the area’s natural recreation.

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The Automobile Club of Southern California was founded in 1900 and was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to improving road travel. In order to expand the public’s use of motor vehicles, the club started publishing maps in 1910; including this one focused on the area known as the Orange Belt from Riverside to Redlands. In addition to workers wanting to escape the warm valley to the surrounding mountains, tourists flocked to the groves on specially designed tours through the scented orchards. Ultimately, the Orange Empire would transition to the Inland Empire, but the natural beauty of the region is still a major draw today.

Popular locations such as Arrowhead, Big Bear, and Butler Peak can be seen on the map, with contemporary locations of interest like the Big Bear Tavern, Pine Knot Lodge, and Redlands Country Club. Mileage distances from San Bernardino and Redlands are provided near the routes, along with elevation grades, to assist with travel planning. An interesting map covering part of the nation’s largest county.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1923

Author: Elmer Brown

Sheet Width (in): 18

Sheet Height (in): 14.5

Condition: A

Condition Description: The map is in excellent condition, with fold lines as originally issued along which can be seen very minor discoloration