More Historic Maps of the Fair Oaks Area


(Note: New 1930 Sacramento County map added 7/12/12 at end of this page)

Over the past several years, I've occasionally stumbled on a few more maps of old Fair Oaks but haven't put them up for various reasons. But, they are interesting and useful, so I'll do a little narrative on each one. I'll leave them here for awhile and then weave them into the Old Maps series.

I should mention that I may have another map coming in the next week, so check back.


I usually cull out the Fair Oaks area from larger maps, but I realize that I occasionally leave out east Fair Oaks. The reason is that for USGS maps the boundry line for the Antelope quadrangle (Fair Oaks) and Folsom quadrangle is just east of Chicago Ave., and in the past we haven't had the Folsom quad. I discovered who had it (USGS Menlo Park) and they were nice enough to scan it along with the Mills quad to the south and mail me a CD. I pasted the three quads together digitally so now we have a full 1910 area map. Note the missing parts of the Folsom quad - the USGS quit surveying, probably because of military tensions leading to WW-I and didn't return to finish until 1944.

One interesting feature of this map is that it is the only map that shows the location of the Fair Oaks Reservoir above Mississippi Bar, which was the source of water for Fair Oaks for many years.

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Speaking of the 1944 Folsom quad, here it is.

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For the same reasons above, I didn't put up the Folsom quad for 1952, but in doing some research for the King family and the Miller Park Tennis Club, I realized the Folsom quad includes eastern Fair Oaks. So, here is that one.

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Because of its size, I couldn't scan the full 1903 property map of eastern Sacramento County, but in doing some research on Citrus Heights I decided to put it out on the driveway and photograph it. The resolution isn't as good, but it can be read.

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We've recently discovered several Sacramento County maps produced by the County Surveyor at different intervals. They show property ownership and the general lay of the land around Fair Oaks. First, a 1911 map that shows the growth of eastern Sacramento County and the fairly massive subdividing of land, particularly in the Carmichael Colony and the Natomas Area.

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The next County Surveyors map is 1885, the earliest detail map of eastern Sacramento County we've found. Notice that Fair Oaks doesn't exist, and neither does Orangevale which was subdivided in 1887.

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A very interesting map of Fair Oaks Village circa 1946 created by the Fair Oaks Irrigation District. It lists a number of businesses and their locations which makes dating the map possible. Hinsey's market was built in 1941 and it shows on the map, so that establishes the lower date for the map. The Fair Oaks Feed and Fuel business on the north- east corner of Fair Oaks Blvd. and what would become Sunrise Blvd. isn't on the map, and it was built in 1947. There are probably other locations that would serve to pin-point the map date. If anyone spots one, let me know.

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A recently discovered Sacramento County map which we date to about 1930. Two pieces of a copy of the map were found, but we haven't been able to locate the original.

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All for now.

Jim Pearce, Webmaster, FOHS