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Townsend Street

 
 
Townsend Street Marker, top left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Townsend Street Marker, top left plaque
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.

Pioneer physician in California, Dr. John Townsend and his wife came overland from Missouri in 1844, as a part of the first immigrant party to cross the Sierra by way of Truckee. A founding member of the school board in San Francisco in 1847, he was elected town Alcalde in 1848. He abandoned his office at the first news of the discovery of gold, but later returned to practice medicine at a time when the new city was being swept by epidemics of dysentery and cholera. Moving to a farm near San Jose, Townsend and his wife died of cholera there at the end of 1851.

“A good feeling man, Townsend is much attached to his own opinions, as likewise to the climate and country of California. His wife, a pleasant lady, does not enter into all her husband’s chimerical speculations.” – James Clyman, 1845

Cholera is to be Expected Here
The wording of an actual hand lettered sign found near this spot,
Townsend Street Marker, center left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Townsend Street Marker, center left plaque
Caption: Dr. John Townsend • 1805-1851
circa 1850.

 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 46.905′ N, 122° 23.315′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Townsend Street and Embarcadero, on the left when traveling west on Townsend Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Townsend Street, San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whaling Out of San Francisco (within shouting distance of this marker); Java House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remnants of Rincon Hill (about 300 feet away); Ghost Ship - Lydia (about 400 feet away); Shipbuilding at Steamboat Point (about 400 feet away); Building the Seawall (about 500 feet away); The Oriental Warehouse (about 500 feet away); The Alaska Packers (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Dr John Townsend - Santa Clara Research. He was one of the first Alcaldes of San Francisco, and for two years before coming to this county (which he did in 1849) he held the scales of justice so evenly as to cause him to be ever
Townsend Street Marker, center right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. Townsend Street Marker, center right plaque
remembered for his judicial integrity.
(Submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
Townsend Street Marker, bottom left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. Townsend Street Marker, bottom left plaque
Townsend Street Marker, bottom right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
5. Townsend Street Marker, bottom right plaque
Townsend Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
6. Townsend Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 15 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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