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The Montgomery Block

 
 
The Montgomery Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
1. The Montgomery Block Marker
Inscription.  
This, San Francisco’s first fireproof building erected in 1853 by Henry Wager Helleck, was the headquarters for many outstanding lawyers, financiers, writers, actors and artists. James King of William, editor of the Bulletin, died here after being shot by James Casey, May 14, 1856. Escaping destruction in the fire of 1906, the building is preserved in memory of those who lived and worked in it.

Plaque below The Montgomery Block marker.
Montgomery Block
1853 – 1959

 
Erected by California State Park Commission in Cooperation with the Society of California Pioneers. (Marker Number 80.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is May 14, 1835.
 
Location. 37° 47.725′ N, 122° 24.187′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached
The Montgomery Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
2. The Montgomery Block Marker
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from Montgomery Street near Washington Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Montgomery Street, 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. The Black Cat Café (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell (within shouting distance of this marker); Bummer and Lazarus (within shouting distance of this marker); First Jewish Religious Services (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (about 300 feet away); Bank of Italy (about 300 feet away); Pony Express (about 300 feet away); The Banking Firm of Pioche et Bayerque (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is currently located in the north lobby of the Trans-America Building. It was originally placed on the Montgomery Block building which was demolished in 1959.
 
Regarding The Montgomery Block. Built in 1853 as the largest commercial building west of the Mississippi, the huge brick Montgomery Block building served initially as studios and apartments for writers including Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Ambrose Bierce, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, George Sterling, and Emma Goldman. The building miraculously survived the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.
 
Also see . . .  "New Deal Artists and Programs During the Depression". (San Francisco) Found entry featuring the Montgomery Block (Submitted on November 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Pony Express plaque in the lobby of the Trans-America Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
3. Pony Express plaque in the lobby of the Trans-America Building
The Pony Express
1860 – 1861

Pony Express
Western Terminus No. 2

This was the location of the building known as the “Montgomery Block”. It was originally called the Washington Block when built. On October 3, 1860 it became the new headquarters of the Central Overland California & Pike’s Peak Express Company that owned and operated the 1860-1861 Pony Express. They had moved here and operated out of Olney’s Washoe Stock Exchange at this site.
Sponsored by Bill & Jo Pasley, Steven & Rhonda Hembree, Joseph L. Schroeder and the Pony Express Trail Association, Joe Nardone – Historian
The original placement of The Montgomery Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer
4. The original placement of The Montgomery Block Marker
In 1955, Oliver P. Stidger, who had saved the Monkey Block from dynamiting in 1906, unveiled a plaque naming the building an historic site.
The Montgomery Block in the 1860s. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer
5. The Montgomery Block in the 1860s.
The Montgomery Block in the 1930s. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer
6. The Montgomery Block in the 1930s.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 478 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on December 11, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 4, 2022