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Folsom Street

 
 
Folsom Street Marker, top left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Folsom Street Marker, top left plaque
Inscription. The Folsom Street marker originally consisted of six plaques arranged in a 2 X 3 pattern embedded in the sidewalk. Two of the plaques, the top right plaque and the center right plaque, been lost due to the placement of some utility boxes. The top left plaque is the title plaque and may contain some text. The 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.

“It is impossible to foretell what will be the ultimate result of this sudden development of wealth. It is sufficiently obvious, however, that the country will be prematurely filled by a restless, excitable, adventurous, and reckless population.” – Captain Joseph Folsom
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 
Folsom Street Marker, center left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Folsom Street Marker, center left plaque
Caption: Captain Joseph L. Folsom • 1817-1855
47.438′ N, 122° 23.407′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Embarcadero and Folsom Street, on the right when traveling south on Embarcadero. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Shorey (within shouting distance of this marker); 20,000 Years Ago (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fireboats on the Bay (about 400 feet away); Fast Tides, Frisky Winds & Wet Sails (about 400 feet away); Hills Brothers Coffee (about 500 feet away); Harrison Street (about 600 feet away); Howard Street (about 600 feet away); The Big Strike (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The Folsom Street marker originally consisted of six plaques arranged in a 2 X 3 pattern. Two of the plaques, the top right plaque and the center right plaque, been lost due to the placement of some utility boxes.
 
Also see . . .  Joseph Libbey Folsom - Wikipedia. Joseph Libbey Folsom... was a U.S. Army officer and real estate investor in the early days of California's statehood. He is the founder of what is now Folsom,
Folsom Street Marker, bottom left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. Folsom Street Marker, bottom left plaque
California. Folsom's controversial purchase of Rancho Rio de los Americanos from the heirs of a San Francisco merchant William Alexander Leidesdorff remained tied up in litigation for many years, eventually reaching the Supreme Court of California after Folsom's death.
(Submitted on March 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Folsom Street Marker, bottom right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. Folsom Street Marker, bottom right plaque
The inscription reads: San Francisco California – Fifty Dollars
Folsom Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
5. Folsom Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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