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Jasper O'Farrell correspondence
SFH 207  
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Six documents relating to O'Farrell's survey of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) and one relating to his survey of Sonoma town.
Jasper O'Farrell was born in Ireland in 1817 and came to California in 1843 via Chile. Trained as a civil engineer, he was appointed Surveyor-General of Alta California in 1844. In 1846, under American occupation, O’Farrell was asked by Alcalde Washington A. Bartlett to survey the town of Yerba Buena, and O'Farrell based his map of San Francisco after Benjamin Buckelew’s, but added Market Street on a diagonal; he established many of the street names in the area bounded by Post, Leavenworth, and Francisco streets. O'Farrell had property in Sonoma County, died in 1875, and is buried in Bodega, California.
8 folders
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