|Azusa, California Birdseye Map|
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Birdseye view of Azusa [gmap], California in 1887. The Library of Congress has this one as being by Mr. E.S. Moore, but I'm skeptical. Looks rather unlike his other two, and it's reminding me of another style I've seen. At any rate, if it's his, it's his most handsome map.
I think it's pretty common to have and to enjoy those ”Wow, I can't believe how undeveloped everything was back then” reactions – It's soothing, I think, to an American's psyche. That said, nothing so utterly slaps me across the face with those feelings than images from Southern California. If you've been to Azusa or anywhere close, then you know what I'm talking about.
For more maps and images from this period in Azusa's history, visit the Historical Society of Southern California.