San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Ferry Building officially opened in 1898, but was not completed until 1903, just three years before the Great San Francisco Earthquake. At 245 feet, the clock tower was the tallest San Francisco structure on its time, causing worry about its stability. The steel-framed tower survived the 1906 earthquake, but the clock stopped at 5:12 a.m., when the quake hit. The clock hands remained at this time for almost a year.
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“The Waterfront without the Ferry Tower would be like a birthday cake without a candle.” penned Herb Caen, celebrated columnist of the San Francisco Chronicle. In his honor, the three-mile stretch of the The Embarcadero Promenade from Taylor Street to AT&T Park is named Herb Caen Way at Baghdad by the Bay, as he dubbed San Francisco.
Erected 2013 by Port of San Francisco.
Location. 37° 47.711′ N, 122° 23.616′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Signs of History (a few steps from this marker); Klebingat Recalls The City Front (within shouting distance of this marker); Bustle of the City (within shouting distance of this marker); Freeway Supports (within shouting distance of this marker); San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Splendid Survivor (about 400 feet away); The Abraham Lincoln Brigade (about 400 feet away); Captain Leidesdorff (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is located in front of the Ferry Building.
Also see . . . Ferry Building History. Opening in 1898 on the site of the 1875 wooden Ferry House, the Ferry Building became the transportation focal point for anyone arriving by train from the East, as well as from all the East Bay and Marin residents who worked in the city. From the Gold Rush until the 1930s, arrival by ferryboat became the only way travelers and commuters—except those coming from the Peninsula—could (Submitted on April 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.