Gold Mountain, Big City

Ken Cathcart’s 1947 Illustrated Map of San Francisco’s Chinatown



ISBN: 9781944903893 Category:

Jim Schein


The unique character of San Francisco’s Chinatown is revealed in a historical map and fascinating photographs

This colorful and celebratory time capsule of San Francisco’s Chinatown-the largest Chinese community outside of Asia-shares the stories of the unique businesses, culture, and people encountered by map illustrator Ken Cathcart between 1939 and 1955. Each section of this stylized map, supplemented by Cathcart’s never-before-seen black-and-white photographs, is explained in meticulous detail, revealing glimpses of the immigration story universal to America and exploring the struggles, triumphs, and enduring legacy of this vibrant community.

Additional information

Weight 1294 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 33.6 cm
Publisher name Cameron Books
Publication date 24 March 2020
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.7 x 33.6 cm
Weight 1294 g


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Jim Schein lives in San Francisco and is the owner and operator of Schein & Schein Old Maps Store along with his wife, Marti Schein.