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.
Boston-born Nathan Spear went to sea to better his health in 1819, and never returned for long. After several journeys to the Pacific Islands he came to Monterey in 1831 and became one of California’s pioneer merchants. Five years later he opened the first store in the new village of Yerba Buena, and ran a schooner to collect grain from around the bay for milling in the region’s
“We bring you goods from ev’ry clime, To suit all classed and all time. Let people know what you’ve for sale. You’ll sure succeed, and never fail,” – Anonymous, 1856
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 37° 47.273′ N, 122° 23.287′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Embarcadero near Spear Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 462 Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterfront Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Bryant Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Matson Line (about 500 feet away); Harrison Street (about 600 feet away); Hills Brothers Coffee (about 700 feet away); Rincon Hill (approx. Hills Bros. Coffee Trademark (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bay Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . . Seventy-five Years in San Francisco, Chapter 38. Nathan Spear's Grist Mill - SF Genealogy. ... Corsair landed at Yerba Buena, consigned to Spear & Hinckley, the machinery for a gristmill, from Callao, manufactured at Baltimore. Shortly after, the machinery was put up in a heavy-frame wooden building, two stories high, on the north side of Clay Street, in the middle of a fifty-vara lot between Kearny and Montgomery streets. This was the first gristmill in California. It was operated by six mules... (Submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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