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Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store

 
 
Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
1. Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store Marker
Inscription.
John Hamilton Still
Arrived in California September 16, 1849, and was San Francisco’s first book dealer. He opened a store on the west side of Portsmouth Plaza in the Fall of 1849, where he remained until the Spring of 1850.
 
Erected 1965 by Mrs. William Ely Chambers and the Society of California Pioneers.
 
Location. 37° 47.678′ N, 122° 24.352′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Walter U Lum Place near Clay Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 Walter U Lum Place, San Francisco CA 94108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the First Public School in California (within shouting distance of this marker); Raising of the American Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Portsmouth Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birthplace of a Great City (within shouting distance of this marker); California Star (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Smith Hallidie
Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
2. Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store Marker
The marker is located to the right of the entrance.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Benjamen Chinn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the Jenny Lind Theatre and San Francisco City Hall (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce
 
Plaque on the left side of the entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
3. Plaque on the left side of the entrance.
The plaque reads:

Chinese for affirmative action dedicates this building to Lien-Ying Kuo (former Congressman in China) and Simmone Eing Ru Loo Kuo, master teachers of Tai-Chi Chuan in the United States, and to their son Chung Mei Kuo for their donation of this building and contributions to the Chinese American Community. CAA reaffirms to Masters Kuo and the community our commitment to promote equality and justice for all Chinese Americans.

Dedicated on March 29, 1985
San Francisco, California
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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