Detailed Cold War-era Soviet military map of the San Francisco Bay area (1980)

Military cartographers created and filled maps with detailed notes on the terrain and infrastructure, construction materials and load-bearing capacity of bridges – things of every place on Earth. It was one of the greatest mapping endeavors the world has ever seen.That would be near-impossible to know without people on the ground.

Below the map of San Francisco in remarkable detail.

Map of the San Francisco Bay area (1980)

SF maps

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