1962 Rude Pictorial Map of California and Nevada

California and Nevada : Pano-view Map. - Main View

1962 Rude Pictorial Map of California and Nevada


Mid-Century Pictorial Map of California and Nevada.


California and Nevada : Pano-view Map.
  1962 (dated)     31.75 x 23.75 in (80.645 x 60.325 cm)     1 : 1900000


A striking mid-century 1962 Kleng Rude pictorial map of California and Nevada. It provides a snapshot of the post-World War II (1939 - 1945) California population boom and its cultural impact.
A Closer Look
California and Nevada are depicted in vivid color and rich detail, complete with mountains, waterways, deserts, and forests, including State and National Parks. Many illustrations portray the history, economy, wildlife, transportation, leisure activities, and more; these extend from the desert to the mountains and coast and into the Pacific. Especially noticeable is the demarcation of the Las Vegas Bombing and Gunnery Range, complete with a mushroom cloud, referring to nuclear weapons testing.

Highways are labeled throughout, including the recently designated Interstate-10, running through Arizona to Los Angeles, and Interstate-80, passing through Reno and Lake Tahoe towards San Francisco. The planned route of Interstate-5, which had only recently begun construction through the Central Valley, is marked with a dotted line.

A banner at the top discusses important events in Nevada's history, while a box at the top-right provides information on its geography, terrain, and economy. A similar banner and box for California appear at bottom and bottom-left, respectively.
Cadillac Desert
The feverish highway construction of the 1950s and 1960s reflected here was the result of an intersection between two major developments: booming population growth in the Western U.S. and the passage of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. The populations of California and Nevada nearly tripled between 1940 and 1960, primarily because of the influence of the U.S. military. Conscripts from throughout the country traveled through California during World War II and liked what they saw. After the war, programs to help veterans gain an education and buy property coincided with the abundance of land and a degree of preexisting infrastructure. The remote deserts of Nevada became home to military sites that were important in the latter stages of World War II and the early Cold War, including nuclear weapons testing sites. The rise of Las Vegas as America's 'Sin City,' along with easier access to the Lake Tahoe - Reno region, also boosted the state's economy and national profile.
Publication History and Census
This pictorial map was published in 1962 by Kleng Rude Studios in Long Beach, California. It is only noted among the holdings of the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, California State University, Northridge, and the University of Arizona. Scarce to the market.


R. Klegston Rude (1910 - c. 1973) was an illustrator and photographer who worked primarily out of southern California. Born in Oregon, he was living in Monterey, California by 1944 and working as a photographer. He had opened a studio by 1959 located in Studio City, California, which provided illustrations and graphics for film industry clients. Rude made at least two pictorial maps, one of Alaska and one of California and Nevada. He always signed his work Kleng Rude. More by this mapmaker...


Good. Edge trimmed closely and unevenly.


Rumsey 8547.000. OCLC 953572671, 137364033.