San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In February of 1853, the United States Topographical Engineers published their first detailed survey of the city, showing new streets, many named for army and navy officers. Fremont and Folsom were prominent officers; Harrison, Bryant and King held important city and port positions’ Spear and Brannon had been pioneers in Yerba Buena before San Francisco has its name.
Agent for the United States government before California became part of the Union, T. Butler King helped build the foundations of California’s polity. Advisor to President Zachary Taylor, he was appointed Collector of the Port of San Francisco in 1850. His carefully considered observations on the Gold Rush were nationally influential. After an unsuccessful attempt to return to
“So much are our opinions influenced by early impressions, the vicissitudes of the seasons with which we are familiar, love of country, home, and kindred, that we ought never to hazard a hasty opinion, when we come in contact with circumstances entirely different from those to which we have all our lives been accustomed.” -- T. Butler King
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list.
Location. 37° 46.795′ N, 122° 23.393′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on King Street near 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 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. Orlando Manuel Cepeda (within shouting distance of this marker); Gaylord Jackson Perry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Garcia and Maggini Warehouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southbeach Shoreline – 1852Shipbuilding at Steamboat Point (about 500 feet away); Ghost Ship - Lydia (about 500 feet away); California Electric Building (about 700 feet away); Whaling Out of San Francisco (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 725 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.