Former site of Eureka Lodging
Residence of Emperor Norton
Coming from South Africa in 1849, Norton soon amassed a large fortune. By the the late 1850's he lost everything from a poor investment in rice. On September 17, 1859, Norton declared himself "Emperor of these United States", later adding "Protector of Mexico". The U.S. Census of 1870 showed his residence as The Eureka Lodging and listed his occupation as "Emperor".
On January 8, 1880, Emperor Norton collapsed and died at the corner of California and DuPont (now Grant) Streets. His funeral was attended by more than 30,000 mourners. He is buried at Woodland Memorial Park in Colma.
Dedicated March 25, 2016 (Clamp Year 6021)
Yerba Buena Lodge #1
E Clampsus Vitus
Credo Quia Absurdum
Erected 2016 by Yerba Buena Lodge #1 E Clampsus Vitus.
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Location. 37° 47.657′ N, 122° 24.233′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Commercial Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 648 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Hudson's Bay Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First U.S. Branch Mint (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Italy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (about 300 feet away); "The Family" (about 300 feet away); Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell (about 300 feet away); Home of Benjamen Chinn (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . . Joshua A. Norton (The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco). (Submitted on February 11, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2018, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 10, 2018. 2. submitted on February 11, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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