California Lost Mines and Ghost Towns

California’s Wild West identity is distilled into one cartographic image.

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This marvelous map of California combines the early history of the state from the Spanish colonizers to the mid-19th century into one distinctive image. The content, emphasizing ghost towns, gold mines, military forts, and Spanish missions, was heavily influenced by the 20th-century representation of the Wild West. The illustrated scenes could be lifted directly from a spaghetti Western, and the variety of place names included would make Louis L’Amour proud.

The map was drawn by Andy Dagosta of Pasadena, California. Born in Nebraska, Dagosta was a talented illustrator, WWII aviator, and avid consumer of all western pop culture. He co-founded the American Indian and Cowboy Artist Association and issued at least three other similar maps of western states during the 1960s.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1969

Author: Andy Dagosta

Sheet Width (in): 17.25

Sheet Height (in): 22.75

Condition: B

Condition Description: Lots of extraneous creasing throughout the image from where the map was previously rolled, and numerous bits of old cellophane tape around the outer edges. Though it's confined largely to the margins and corners, a few pieces enter the image. Small tears and pinholes also visible in the margins.

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