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King Street

 
 
King Street Marker, top left image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. King Street Marker, top left
Inscription. This marker consists of six plaques arranged in a 2 X 3 pattern. The top left plaque is the title plaque and may contain some text. The top right plaque displayed an arrow which points in the direction of the named street. Other plaques contain biographical information on the person for whom the street is named, appropriate quotation(s) and relevant illustrations, cast in bronze.

In February of 1853, the United States Topographical Engineers published their first detailed survey of the city, showing new streets, many named for army and navy officers. Fremont and Folsom were prominent officers; Harrison, Bryant and King held important city and port positions’ Spear and Brannon had been pioneers in Yerba Buena before San Francisco has its name.

Agent for the United States government before California became part of the Union, T. Butler King helped build the foundations of California’s polity. Advisor to President Zachary Taylor, he was appointed Collector of the Port of San Francisco in 1850. His carefully considered observations on the Gold Rush were nationally influential. After an unsuccessful attempt to return to Washington as a Senator from California, he retired to his home in Georgia and later served as a Commissioner of the Confederacy to Europe.

“So much are our opinions influenced
King Street Marker, center left image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. King Street Marker, center left
by early impressions, the vicissitudes of the seasons with which we are familiar, love of country, home, and kindred, that we ought never to hazard a hasty opinion, when we come in contact with circumstances entirely different from those to which we have all our lives been accustomed.” -- T. Butler King
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 46.795′ N, 122° 23.393′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on King Street near 2nd Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 King Street, San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Garcia and Maggini Warehouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 (about 500 feet away); Shipbuilding at Steamboat Point (about 500 feet away); Ghost Ship - Lydia (about 500 feet away); California Electric Building (about 700 feet away); Whaling Out of San Francisco (about 700 feet away); Townsend Street (about 800 feet away); Java House (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Thomas Butler King (1800-1864) - New Georgia Encyclopedia
King Street Marker, center right image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. King Street Marker, center right
. Bitterly disappointed at not being appointed secretary of the navy under U.S. president Zachary Taylor, King accepted an appointment as Taylor's special agent to California. King stayed on in California as collector of the Port of San Francisco under U.S. president Millard Fillmore, failing twice in bids to represent the new state as a U.S. senator. (Submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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King Street Marker, bottom left image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. King Street Marker, bottom left
King Street Marker, bottom right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
5. King Street Marker, bottom right plaque
King Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
6. King Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 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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