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Hudson's Bay Company

 
 
Hudson's Bay Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2010
1. Hudson's Bay Company Marker
Inscription. On this block, then on Yerba Buena's waterfront, stood the California headquarters of the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1841, their chief trader, William G. Rae, purchased the property and started operations. This venture caused wide speculation about British intentions. Inadequate profits, a declining fur catch, and pressure of U.S. expansion caused Hudson's Bay Company to end California operations.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 819

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Redwood Coast Outpost of the "Westerners", April 17, 1968.
 
Erected by California State Department of Parks and Recreation; Redwood Coast Outpost of the Westerners.
 
Location. 37° 47.65′ N, 122° 24.2′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Commercial Street and Montgomery Street, on the left when traveling west on Commercial Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of First U.S. Branch Mint (a few steps from this marker); "The Family" (within shouting distance
<i>The Sea Town and Port of Yerba Buena in San Francisco Bay in California</i> image. Click for full size.
By Dr. Sandels, circa 1843
2. The Sea Town and Port of Yerba Buena in San Francisco Bay in California
This hand-drawn image of Yerba Buena in 1843, was part of Dr. Sandels' manuscript A Sojourn in San Francisco. The Hudson's Bay Store is located on the shoreline, immediately to the left of the crease in the image.
of this marker); Bank of Italy (within shouting distance of this marker); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (about 400 feet away); Site of What Cheer House (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Hudson's Bay Company in Yerba Buena. SFgenealogy.com's reprinting of part of William Heath Davis' Seventy-five Years in San Francisco. On the ending of the Hudson's Bay Company's venture, which is somewhat at variance with the reasons given on the marker:"...The business of the Hudsonís Bay Companyís post was quite successful up to January, 1845, when it was discovered that Rae was unfaithful to his wife, having succumbed to the fascinations of a California lady. Upon this becoming public, Rae, who was a sensitive man,
Hudson's Bay Company Marker - wide view, looking west up Commercial Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2010
3. Hudson's Bay Company Marker - wide view, looking west up Commercial Street
was so overcome with mortification and disgrace that he shot himself. After his death the British vice-consul, James Alexander Forbes, took possession of the post, and was instructed by the managers of the general post on the Columbia River to close out the business of the company at Yerba Buena as soon as practicable. This was done in the course of a few months, and the land and house sold to Mellus & Howard for $5,000. They afterward opened a commercial establishment there, using the building as a store, and in the winter of 1849-50 this building was converted into the United States Hotel, which became a popular resort."
(Submitted on March 30, 2011.) 

2. San Francisco in 1843: A Key to Dr. Sandels' Drawing. Bruno Fritzsche's California Historical Society article discussing the accuracy of Dr. Sandel's 1843 drawing of Yerba Buena. (Submitted on March 30, 2011.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 18 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 June 16, 2016.
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