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Merced County Road Maps: Finding Aid
MCRoadMaps:19th Century  
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Merced County Road Maps: Finding Aid
    Dates: 1868-1897
    Collection Number: MCRoadMaps:19th Century
    Creator/Collector: Merced County Historical Society and Courthouse Museum
    Extent: 26 Maps, all scanned
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    Repository: Merced County Historical Society and Courthouse Museum
    Merced, California 95340
    Abstract: This collection contains 26 hand-drawn road maps in Merced County, California made between 1868 and 1897. The maps were created by the County of Merced. They are accompanied with road petitions. Merced County was organized in 1855. Farming and ranching were the chief enterprises in the county in the second half of the 19th century. The roads were often developed to transport agricultural products and cattle to the nearest ferry or railroad station. To have a road built in their area, citizens of Merced County would file a petition.
    Language of Material: English


    Restricted access by appointment only. Digital images are available.

    Publication Rights

    Merced County Historical Society Archives

    Preferred Citation

    Merced County Road Maps: Finding Aid. Merced County Historical Society and Courthouse Museum

    Biography/Administrative History

    This collection of maps was displayed at the Merced County Courthouse Museum in 2016 in an exhibit titled, "Let's Google That Old Road."

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The early county roads were called public highways. They were often named either after a landowner of the area such as Healy Ranch Road (1874) or by the towns, ranches, railroads, or ferries where the road began and ended such as Dugan Ranch and Merced Road (1872). One of the earliest roads in Merced County was Pacheco Pass Toll Road built by Andrew Davidson Firebaugh in 1856.

    Indexing Terms

    Merced County
    Merced County Road Maps: 1868-1897

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