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Site of What Cheer House

 
 
Site of What Cheer House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2010
1. Site of What Cheer House Marker
Inscription. This is the site of the famous What Cheer House, a unique hotel opened in 1852 by R. B. Woodward and destroyed by the fire of 1906. The What Cheer House catered to men only, permitted no liquor on the premises, and housed San Francisco's first free library and first museum.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 650

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the California Historical Society and the American Trust Company, April 24, 1959.
 
Erected 1959 by California State Park Commission, the California Historical Society, American Trust Company. (Marker Number 650.)
 
Location. 37° 47.627′ N, 122° 24.13′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Leidesdorff Street and Sacramento Street on Leidesdorff Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Alexander Leidesdorff (a few steps from this marker); "The Family" (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of California (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct
What Cheer House (1866) image. Click for full size.
By Lawrence and Houseworth (Publisher), 1866
2. What Cheer House (1866)
This depiction of the What Cheer House (center of photo, to the left of the Original House) is half of a stereographic print, published by Lawrence and Houseworth as part of their Gems of California Scenery series. Image is courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
line); The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (about 300 feet away); Site of First U.S. Branch Mint (about 300 feet away); Hudson's Bay Company (about 400 feet away); Bank of Italy (about 400 feet away); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  William Tecumseh Sherman (1820 - 1891). In their treatment of General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Virtual Museum of San Francisco notes in passing a famous visitor to the What Cheer House, U.S. Grant: "...Capt. Ulysses Grant resigned his commission in the army, July 31, 1854, at Fort Humboldt, north of San Francisco, because his commanding officer said his weakness for liquor was cause for court martial or resignation. Capt. Grant then came to San Francisco and lived at the What Cheer House, a temperance hotel, just six blocks from Sherman’s bank." (Submitted on July 20, 2010.) 
 
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Site of What Cheer House Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2010
3. Site of What Cheer House Marker - Wide View
The marker is mounted on the back side of a Wells Fargo bank, on Leidesdorff Street (an alley,really) intersects Sacramento Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 933 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on December 25, 2016.
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