LookBackMaps: The Mission

Curbed SF has linked to an excellent new website of historical photographs of San Francisco, LookBackMaps.  In the event you don’t want to squander a few hours like I did, here are some highlights from the Mission:

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“Dolores Park,” c 1860
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“Dolores Park,” c 1880

Mission Baseball Field, c. 1880
Mission Baseball Field, c. 1880
Mission Woolen Mill, 1862

Mission Woolen Mill, 1862 (Now Alabama and 16th)

Jewish Cemetery, c. 1860 (Now Dolores Park)

Jewish Cemetery, c. 1860 (Now Dolores Park)

Old Engine #7 Firehouse, 1885 (Now 16th @ Albion)

Old Engine #7 Firehouse, 1885 (Now 16th @ Albion)

The Willows, 1885 (Now Mission at 19th).

The Willows, 1885 (Now Mission at 19th).

The Great San Francisco Blizzard of 1887, 16th and Bryant

The Great San Francisco Blizzard of 1887, 16th and Bryant

The 16th St. Bridge, c. 1860 (click the image to see an awesome fullscreen of the painting)

The 16th St. Bridge, c. 1860 (click the image to see an awesome fullscreen of the painting)

The Original Hipster Hill, c. 1860

The Original Hipster Hill, c. 1860

Valencia St. Between 21st and 22nd, 1898

Valencia St. Between 21st and 22nd, 1898

Capp St @ 21st - Still covered in garbage 100 years later, 1906.

Capp St @ 21st, 1906.

3 Engine Freight Train on Harrison St. near 21st. St. 1905

3 Engine Freight Train on Harrison St. near 21st. St. 1905

J.H.Kruse Plaining Mill 23rd and Treat

J.H.Kruse Plaining Mill 23rd and Treat

Christmas Shopping, Mission and 22nd, Dec. 1926

Christmas Shopping, Mission and 22nd, Dec. 1926

Layover Shelter, Capp and 20th

Layover Shelter, Capp and 20th

Mass on 17th St. after 1906 Earthquake

Mass on 17th St. after 1906 Earthquake

1906 Ruins, 17th and Dolores

1906 Ruins, 17th and Dolores

Temporary Freight Train, 20th and Capp, 1906

Temporary Freight Train, 20th and Capp, 1906

(Credit Curbed SF)


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6 Comments on “LookBackMaps: The Mission”

  1. Eric Says:

    What boggles the mind is how some areas were actually more built up prior to 1906 than they are today.


  2. Thanks for posting these. Amazing stuff.

  3. Junk Thief Says:

    Thanks for the great tip on this resource which I’ve linked and credited to you for introducing. Are my eyes deceiving me, or is that Omer as a baby playing a ukulele in that shot of Valencia between 21st and 22nd which has since become his permanent perch?


  4. I love this kind of shit! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. olu Says:

    I would encourage all of you to check sf library’s online collection of photos. its an amazing resource.

  6. Ariel. Says:

    This is so neat. I could stare into these for hours. Thanks.


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