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Map of Calistoga or Little Geysers and the Hot Sulphur Springs Napa County California. Surveyed by T.W. Morgan Drawn January 1871.

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T.W. Morgan

Map of Calistoga or Little Geysers and the Hot Sulphur Springs Napa County California. Surveyed by T.W. Morgan Drawn January 1871.

San Francisco, 1871

Hand colored

Paper Size: 45” x 34”

Unframed: $800

Framed: $2,500


An Extraordinary and Early Calistoga Cadastral Map and View

Fine early map of Calistoga, in Napa County, with a small inset birds-eye view in the lower left corner. It was created by Thomas Wolfe Morgan and published by Britton & Rey. The map was published one year prior to Wolfe's official survey of Calistoga. This remarkable map shows Calistoga just nine years after the founding of Samuel Brannan's Hot Springs Resort and three years after the arrival of the railroad.  

The map is illustrated with east at the top, capturing a fine early image of Calistoga. The majority of the lots shown are original, as laid out by Samuel Brannan himself.

At the center of the map is Mount Lincoln and the Race Track, with the Hot Springs on the far side. The map shows the Childrens' Swimming Bath, Swimming Mud Bath, and Chemical Bath beyond the main area around Mount Lincoln. Within the ring, the Hotel, Ball Room, Russian Bath, Mansion House, Stable and Carriages are but a few of the named landmarks. 

Below Mt. Lincoln, the Town Hall, Railroad, Depot, Engine House, Distillery, Cooper Shop and Refinery all appear on the line of Railroad Avenue and the Napa Valley Railroad.  

To the North, an area identified as Vineyard has been subdivided, with a second vineyard and Mulberry Nursery further to the west, along with orchards. These included the roughly 100 acres of vineyards that existed prior to the arrival of Samuel Brannan, the main developer of Calistoga.

The map pre-dates by eleven years the arrival of Alfred L. Tubbs, who would purchase 254 acres of land in the Calistoga area in 1882. Tubbs went on to establish the vineyard which would become Chateau Montelena, which was intended to produce a Bordeaux grape in the Napa Valley; it would have been located approximately where the title appears on the map.

The map also illustrates Calistoga's first public cemetery. The cemetery was planned by the town's founder, Samuel Brannan, who set aside an area of land in Lot 48 on the east side of the Napa Valley for that purpose. The proposed site was in the foothills above the intersection of present-day Mora Avenue and State Highway 29. For unknown reasons, the original designated site was quickly abandoned, and a new one was selected by late 1870. The new site is also included on this map for the first time and covered 8.89 acres and was situated closer to Calistoga. It was laid out in part of Brannan's Lot 49, in a little side valley later known as the Greer property. The little valley is now part of Zahtila Vineyards.

Rarity

OCLC locates one example at the Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley).

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