San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Alleyways in Chinatown
Ross Alley is located in the center of this maze. The alley is a narrow passage running between Washington and Jackson Streets. Ross is actually an extension of Spofford Alley in many ways. In the past, both alleyways were infamous as a place for gambling and prostitution. Ross is known as “Gau Leuie Sung Hong” (Old Spanish Alley) because of the many latins (sic) that patronized the area. Today there are both residences and commercial establishments in the densely built-up alleyway which continues to function as a major artery for pedestrians.
Erected by Ross Alley Improvement Associations Chinatown Neighborhood Improvement Resource Center & Chinatown Better Parks and Recreation Committee.
Topics. Asian Americans • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 37° 47.742′ N, 122° 24.446′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Ross Alley near Jackson Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 Ross Alley, San Francisco CA 94108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. California Star (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Birthplace of a Great City (about 500 feet away); Raising of the American Flag (about 600 feet away); Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store (about 600 feet away); Portsmouth Plaza (about 700 feet away); Site of the First Public School in California (about 700 feet away); San Francisco Brewing Company (about 700 feet away); Andrew Smith Hallidie (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. Pedestrian traffic only.
Also see . . . When Chinatown Was a World Apart - Thinkwalks. Historians like to quibble about names. Ross Alley is recognized as the first alley in San Francisco—that is, the first Alley. (All the previous alleys were called "Street.") There have been long stretches of time, however, (Submitted on February 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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