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1915 U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Map of Southern California

Soil Map. California. Reconnoissance Survey - San Diego Sheet. - Main View

1915 U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Map of Southern California


Geology is SoCal.


Soil Map. California. Reconnoissance Survey - San Diego Sheet.
  1915 (dated)     37.5 x 39 in (95.25 x 99.06 cm)     1 : 125000


This is a 1915 U.S. Department of Agriculture soil map of southern California, depicting from Dana Point and Mussel Cove to San Diego Bay, and from the Pacific Ocean to the San Felipe Valley. As a geological map, some thirty-five color and pattern combinations mark soil types and terrain is illustrated by hachure. Cities and towns are noted (including San Diego, Oceanside, and Carlesbad) and major roads appear. The region's Indian Reservations are delineated.
Publication History and Census
This map was engraved and printed by the U.S. Geological Survey from survey work conducted by L.C. Holmes and R.L. Pendleton. It was published by the Bureau of Soils of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We note three examples cataloged in OCLC which are part of the collections at the University of Chicago, the University of California San Diego, and the University of California Santa Barbara. This map rarely appears on the private market.


L. Carl Holmes (fl. c. 1910 - c. 1924) worked for the Bureau of Soils of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for many years where he oversaw soil survey work for California. He was recognized as one of the best soils specialists in the western United States. While working for the Bureau of Soils, Holmes coauthored numerous studies and helped created several soil maps of regions in California. In March 1922 Holmes became the Assistant Farm Advisor for the Agricultural Extension Service and the Citrus Growers Department of the Los Angeles County Farm Bureau. More by this mapmaker...

Robert Larimore Pendleton (June 25, 1890 - June 23, 1957) was an American scientist and soils expert. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pendleton grew up in California. While working on his Ph.D. at the University of California-Berkeley, he worked on four soil surveys that garnered him junior authorship as well as one original critique of soil classification. Pendleton received his Ph.D. in soil science in 1917, and then went to India where he worked as an instructor in soils at Ewing Christian College. He remained in India until 1923 and worked as director of agriculture of Gwalior State. In 1923 he moved to the Philippines, where he remained until 1935, except for a two-year period when he was the chief soil technologist for the National Geological Survey of China. He wrote fifteen papers while working in China, and the years in the Philippines produced fifty academic papers. He moved on to Thailand (then called Siam) in 1935 where he was a soil technologist and agriculturist in the Royal Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. According to an obituary, Siam became home for Pendleton, and he loved the people and the land. He was interned during World War II but was able to return to the United States in 1942. He found work with the Office of Foreign Agricultural Relations, United States Department of Agriculture, which sent him to Central America and Peru. Pendleton was appointed to the new Department of Geography at The Johns Hopkins University in 1946, where he remained until he retired in 1955. However, Baltimore was not Bangkok, and while at Johns Hopkins he worked as an adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture in Thailand for four months in 1946, then from 1947 - 1948 Pendleton served as an agricultural advisor to the United Nations FAO Mission to Siam. He accompanied the Unites States Mutual Security Agency's Special technical and Economic Mission to Thailand in 1952 - 1953. Over the course of his career, Pendleton published over 160 works. After his retirement, he retuned to Thailand, where he died on June 23, 1957. Learn More...

The United States Geological Survey (1878 - Present), aka the U.S.G.S., is a scientific agency of the United States government, which was founded in 1879. USGS scientists study the landscape of the United States, its natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten it. The organization has four major science disciplines: biology, geography, geology, and hydrology. It is a bureau of the United States Department of the Interior and is the department's only scientific agency. Learn More...


Very good. Verso repairs to fold separations and at fold intersections. Small area of infill along a fold line.


OCLC 55143188.