Long Lost Oakland

Illustrated Mapping Project

What are the deeper stories behind the transformations that are quickly reshaping Oakland? What types of plants, animals, buildings and other human structures once dotted this landscape? What would it look like to visualize some of the answers to these questions in a full color poster-size map? Local history podcast East Bay Yesterday teamed up with Front Group to bring this vision to life. Long Lost Oakland is an educational multimedia project centered around a hand-drawn map illustrated by Front Group’s T.L. Simons. The project explores transformations our city has undergone in the past in order to better understand those we find ourselves in right now.


Project wordmark

Original hand-drawn and inked illustrations

Map Key

map detail of West Oakland

map detail of Lake Merritt and the hills

Hand-drawn Ohlone shellmounds

Check out the Long Lost Oakland Kickstarter

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