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1963 Weld Wilkie Pictorial Map of Napa County, California

Beautiful Napa County.

1963 Weld Wilkie Pictorial Map of Napa County, California




Beautiful Napa County.
  1963 (dated)    17 x 22 in (43.18 x 55.88 cm)     1 : 210000


This is a beautiful 1963 pictorial map of Napa County by Weld Wilkie. It covers Napa County, one of the world's premier wine regions in beautiful detail, noting several landmarks and places of interest including The Old Bale Mill, Breathing Ceysers, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and several others, with a location key in the lower right quadrant. Fifteen principal wineries including Charles Krug Winery, Beringer Bros. Inc., Inglenook Vineyard Company, Schramsberg Winery and others are also marked with a key in the lower right quadrant. The map is adorned with several illustrations throughout, depicting activities like dining, fishing, horse riding, trekking, camping, golfing water sports, as well as illustrations of animals, trees and other landmarks. Roads, rivers, lakes, towns and other topographical features are also noted.

The bottom left quadrant includes the title cartouche featuring a wine barrel, while the top right quadrant includes interesting information about the history of Napa County. Three large illustrations in the top left quadrant feature the Mt. St. Helena Golf Course at Calistoga, water sports at Lake Berryessa and the stone winery at St. Helena, reputedly the largest stone winery in the world. Napa County's four scenic seasons, viz. blosson time, summertime, harvest time and autumn time are explained. A decorative border featuring grapes surrounds the map.

Verso includes information and photographs of the four suggested tours, the Lake Berryessa tour, the Wine County tour, A Scenic and Historic Tour of Napa County and the Landscaped for Living tour. Information and chief attractions of St. Helena and Calistoga are also listed.

This is considered a 'pictorial map' or a 'decorative map,' and reflects a style that first began to appear around 1910. As a map its intention is not so much to provide direction as to illustrate the character, famous places, and historical appeal of Napa County. Cartographically speaking, this map style most likely draws its inspiration from late 19th century 'tourist maps' and 'railroad maps.' Tourist Maps, common to major cities in Europe (usually Paris or London), included profiles of notable buildings and monuments and were designed to help foreign tourists identify and navigate to the most important sights. 'Railroad Maps' are a related genre more common to the United States. During the latter part of the 19th century railroad boom, railroad companies began issuing decorative route maps extolling the virtues various regions and their accessibility by rail. Standing somewhere between this two map styles, our map combines the decorative aspects of both while reducing cartographic value. It may be hard to get from A to B using this map, but its attractive design and decorative flourishes, make it an excellent souvenir and memento of a wonderful Napa County vacation.

This map was created by Weld Wilkie and copyrighted by Herdell and Beard of St. Helena. It was developed by the Napa County Tourist and Recreation Council and provided by the Napa County Development Council in 1963.


Very good. Minor wear along fold lines. Text on verso.
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