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Spear Street

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

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 positionsí Spear and Brannon had been pioneers in Yerba Buena before San Francisco has its name.

Boston-born Nathan Spear went to sea to better his health in 1819, and never returned for long. After several journeys to the Pacific Islands he came to Monterey in 1831 and became one of Californiaís pioneer merchants. Five years later he opened the first store in the new village of Yerba Buena, and ran a schooner to collect grain from around the bay for milling in the regionís first flour mill. Always proud of his American citizenship, his dreams were realized when the stars and stripes were raised over San Francisco. Hard working and modest, he exemplified the pioneer
Spear Street Marker, center left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Spear Street Marker, center left plaque
Caption: Schooner in Yerba Buena Harbor, 1843
New England entrepreneur.

“We bring you goods from evíry clime, To suit all classed and all time. Let people know what youíve for sale. Youíll sure succeed, and never fail,” – Anonymous, 1856
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 47.273′ N, 122° 23.287′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Embarcadero near Spear Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 462 Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterfront Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Bryant Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Matson Line (about 500 feet away); Harrison Street (about 600 feet away); Hills Brothers Coffee (about 700 feet away); The Bay Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fireboats on the Bay (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beale Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Seventy-five Years in San Francisco, Chapter 38. Nathan Spear's Grist Mill - SF Genealogy. ... Corsair landed
Spear Street Marker, center right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. Spear Street Marker, center right plaque
at Yerba Buena, consigned to Spear & Hinckley, the machinery for a gristmill, from Callao, manufactured at Baltimore. Shortly after, the machinery was put up in a heavy-frame wooden building, two stories high, on the north side of Clay Street, in the middle of a fifty-vara lot between Kearny and Montgomery streets. This was the first gristmill in California. It was operated by six mules...
(Submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Spear Street Marker, bottom left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. Spear Street Marker, bottom left plaque
Spear Street Marker, bottom right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
5. Spear Street Marker, bottom right plaque
Spear Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
6. Spear Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 4 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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