Walter Mencken 9 a.m., Oct. 22
A re-visit to the La Jolla Map Museum
You wouldn’t expect it to be serious
In case anyone missed Jeannette DeWyze’s August 1 story on the La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum, it is worth a reminder.
The location is weird — hidden in the lower level of the Merrill Lynch office building on Fay Avenue next to The Sandwich Club and the La Jolla Sports Club. You wouldn’t expect it to be serious.
I visited yesterday morning before re-reading DeWyze’s August story.
One of the coolest things was the group of maps from the 1500s, 1600s, and early 1700s showing California as an island.
The notes explain how the misunderstanding was caused by a maneuver of Francis Drake's and was only corrected in mid-18th Century because of Padre Kino's trip to Baja.
As I was finishing the tour, a staffer was putting what I think was Verdi on the music system.
Here are a couple of maps not pictured in the previous blog:
The museum website includes some gems under Featured Maps: a 1923 map to Southern California golf courses, a 1588 map of Sir Francis Drake’s visit to the West Indies, an 1816 map of the Siege of Plattsburg (War of 1812), an 1848 map of the Sacramento Valley Gold Region.
More like this:
- If everybody had an ocean — Feb. 7, 2016
- The Title or Trailer Game IV: Catch it! — Dec. 27, 2012
- Resurrected Histories — Aug. 14, 2012
- La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum — Aug. 1, 2012
- Jacob Piles Up Heavy Cash, Faces Only One Challenger — March 16, 2012