San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Hudson's Bay Company
On this block, then on Yerba Buena's waterfront, stood the California headquarters of the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1841, their chief trader, William G. Rae, purchased the property and started operations. This venture caused wide speculation about British intentions. Inadequate profits, a declining fur catch, and pressure of U.S. expansion caused Hudson's Bay Company to end California operations.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 819
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Redwood Coast Outpost of the "Westerners", April 17, 1968.
Erected by California State Department of Parks and Recreation; Redwood Coast Outpost of the Westerners. (Marker Number 819.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
Location. 37° 47.65′ N, 122° 24.2′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Site of First U.S. Branch Mint (a few steps from this marker); "The Family" (within shouting distance of this marker); Former site of Eureka Lodging (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Italy (within shouting distance of this marker); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . . The Hudson's Bay Company in Yerba Buena. SFgenealogy.com's reprinting of part of William Heath Davis' Seventy-five Years in San Francisco":
On the ending of the Hudson's Bay Company's venture, which is somewhat at variance with the reasons given on the marker:"...The business of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s post was quite successful up to January, 1845, when it was discovered that Rae was unfaithful to his wife, having succumbed to the fascinations of a California lady. Upon (Submitted on March 30, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 691 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on December 12, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 30, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.