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Southbeach Shoreline – 1852

 
 
Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 Marker
Inscription.  
In 1852 you would have been standing on a bluff overlooking the narrow beach just below that followed the approximate line of King Street. First accurately charted by the U.S. Coast Survey topographical engineers in 1852, the shoreline was named Steamboat Point after the boatyards on the beach. All of the land that you can see on the bay side of King Street is man-made, created by filling the bay. Massive timber cribbing was built to hold large rocks, and thousand of cubic yards of the city’s sandhills and rubble were dumped on top. The construction of the seawall beyond and beneath the foot of King Street and the Embarcadero in 1905 fixed the line of the present shoreline.

“Oh you Saints look don (sic) on the new made town. And tell me, pray, which way to go? Oh the shoreline’s deranged and everything’s changed. Tell me, pray, which way to go?” - South of Market Journal, 1926

 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
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Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
 
Location. 37° 46.738′ N, 122° 23.462′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. It is in South Beach. Marker is on King Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 King Street, San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Garcia and Maggini Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Barry Bonds (within shouting distance of this marker); Ryan Vogelsong (within shouting distance of this marker); J.T. Snow (within shouting distance of this marker); Brian Wilson (within shouting distance of this marker); Matt Cain (within shouting distance of this marker); Rich Aurilia (within shouting distance of this marker); Willie McCovey (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 Marker
The shoreline is marked by a bronze ribbon.
Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 Marker
The shoreline is marked by a bronze ribbon.
Old shoreline marked at 20 Federal Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. Old shoreline marked at 20 Federal Street
Federal Street Shoreline plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
5. Federal Street Shoreline plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 938 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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