Four manuscript survey maps and one plat map depicting areas of
Orange County and attributed to the noted surveyor and judge Richard Egan. One map is dated
1878 and 1879 by Egan. The other maps are undated and unsigned but it is likely that he drew
them during these years. These maps primarily depict subdivisions of non-rancho tracts of
land occupying what is now Orange County, with the addition of some topographical details.
A surveyor and judge by trade, Egan was dubbed by the actress Helena Modjeska as the "King
of Capistrano." He was a Los Angeles County supervisor from 1885 to 1889 and also served on
a commission to develop the Orange County public highways. An Irish immigrant, he had
arrived in San Francisco during the Gold Rush and eventually moved to San Juan Capistrano
after amassing a sizeable fortune. He was active as a surveyor during much of the 1870s.
Egan died in 1923.
1 linear foot
5 digitized images
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