INDEX  TIMELINE  SUMMARY  ISSUES  DELTA MAPS  CANAL PLANS  HISTORIC MAPS  Research by Year
Historic Maps of the Delta... look at these then go to
Delta History in Maps Videos or Timeline
Below are links to  pictures of historic maps of California and the Delta region.  We have so many maps now, we try to split them into different pages, by years.  Some of the highly detailed and large maps of the survey of the San Joaquin River and the Atwater maps have been added to http://www.archive.org so that is a good research place too if you want to see some historic Delta maps.  Click on the map thumbnails to see larger versions.  Much of the last 150 years of California Delta history can be quickly gleaned by review of the maps over time.  More maps and links added as time allows.
1823-1859    1860-1879   1880-1899  1900-1939   1940 - 1979  1980-1989  1990-1999

Atwater 1978-1980 Survey   1906 San Joaquin Survey  1890s Hall Survey    1873 Irrigation Survey  1945 Conveyance Plan

     Maps were found online or in old books, then scanned and cropped to show the Delta area only.  When available, the original map author or surveyor and its original publication date are provided.  It has been assumed all these older maps are out of copyright term, and this information is provided for educational purposes as it is exactly that reason the maps and old documents are being provided online herein.  By using the map information, you may be able to research online to find full versions of the maps.  We also suggest you go to the Rio Vista Museum, as it has several great maps in frames on the walls!  You might also want to check with the California & Sacramento Historical Society, the Dutra Dredge Museum, and the Delta King, a floating paddle wheeler located at the Old Sacramento waterfront.  However, oddly, the official California State Museum in California removed many of the historic maps on the walls and put up a new map that shows the Sacramento River as merging with the Mokelumnke River instead of its actual natural or historic pathway past Isleton and Rio Vista.  The map change happened in the reign of Governor Schwartzenegger-it might still be there in the museum!

Early California and the Delta
  Maps 1823 to 1879  Maps 1880 to 1899  Maps 1900 to 1949

 

 

images/historic/1851miners-ryer.pdf

images/historic/1866survey_map.pdf

images/historic/1855map.pdf

images/historic/1873irregationmap.pdf

1965 Peripheral planning map






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1592003.jpg


Delta soils map from 1935





 

images/historic/reclaimed_compared.cdr

images/historic/reclaimed_compared.pdf

images/historic/reclaimed_compared_1.cdr

1848-1989_docs/Turrentine-Jackson-1977.pdf

1848-1989_docs/rand1975.pdf

1848-1989_docs/sldm-exh-03j.pdf

1848-1989_docs/The Pacific Historian Volume 3_ 08-1959.pdf

1848-1989_docs/Soil Servey 1936 Issued 07-1941.pdf

1848-1989_docs/Physical environment and agriculture of sacramento.pdf

1848-1989_docs/trd78-19.pdf

1848-1989_docs/1975-2.pdf

1848-1989_docs/1975-5.pdf

1848-1989_docs/sacramento_shipwrecks1.pdf

1848-1989_docs/tf558003nm.pdf

1848-1989_docs/1981_NDWA Contract.pdf

1848-1989_docs/DOI-EXH-46M.pdf

1848-1989_docs/IEPNewsletterDecember1989.pdf

1848-1989_docs/Delta Wetlands Project.docx

1848-1989_docs/1966fish-136.docx

1848-1989_docs/610.F2d.581.76-1663.76-1981.76-1651.76-1534.76-1494.html

1848-1989_docs/wro81-07.pdf

1848-1989_docs/wro88-18.pdf

1848-1989_docs/Higley_1861.pdf

1848-1989_docs/1982_usgs_delta.pdf

1848-1989_docs/ndwa_1981_contract.pdf

1848-corps_oma_manual_for_west_bypass_levee_and_cache_slough.pdf

1848-1989_docs/corps_oma_manual_for_east_bypass_along_rd_999.pdf

1848-1989_docs/srfcp_mou_1953.pdf

1848-1989_docs/3. Hallock, R.J._Elwell, R.F., Fry, D.H. jr. 1970.pdf

1848-1989_docs/Jackson_Paterson_1977_History_of_Delta_Water_Policy.pdf

1848-1989_docs/1960Bulletin_No._76_Delta_Water_Facilities-Color.pdf

1848-1989_docs/FloodEmergencyPlan_1986.pdf

1848-1989_docs/DeltaDrinkingWaterQuality1989.pdf

1848-1989_docs/Wilmer Morse Pat Brown story.pdf

1848-1989_docs/1979_delta_early_years.pdf

1848-1989_docs/delta-floods-1975-dwr.pdf

1848-1989_docs/append_g_fig_g10.pdf

1848-1989_docs/irr_ratesetting_rpt_1988.pdf

1848-1989_docs/corps_oma_manual_for_fremont_weir_to_sac_weir.pdf

1848-1989_docs/corps_oma_manual_for_fremont_weir.pdf

1848-1989_docs/corps_oma_manual_for_east_bypass_levee_to_miner_slough.pdf

1848-1989_docs/historical_geography_of_the_yolo_bypass_l_stutler_masters_thesis.pdf

1848-1989_docs/dwr_1949_port_channel_hydro_analysis2.pdf

1848-1989_docs/1986-tyler_island_flood.pdf

1848-1989_docs/1982_dwr_delta_flood_history.pdf

1848-1989_docs/steamboat_slough_old.pdf


 

Delta Islands reclamation history

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacramento River Delta in 1854

 

 

Sacramento San Joaquin Delta in 1873