When Allexey Waldemar von Schmidt lived in California, from 1849 through 1906, the young state developed a reputation as a society of innovators and energetic problem-solvers. Von Schmidt was a surveyor and civil engineer, an involved citizen of San Francisco, a father and husband, and a pioneer whose triumphs and tragedies enlarged the California Dream. Historian David Carle argues here that this pioneering surveyor literally took California’s measure and documented every step of the way.
"Putting California on the Map: Von Schmidt’s Lines,"
Eastern Sierra History Journal:
Vol. 1, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/eshj/vol1/iss1/1