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Signs of History

The Embarcadero

 
 
Signs of History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Signs of History Marker
Inscription.  The Embarcadero did not exist at the water’s edge until the late 19th Century. Wharves reached out, some for more than a thousand feet from the historic shoreline that was gradually filled and extended to create the roadway landscape that you see today. San Francisco’s evolving waterfront history is told through stories, poetry and images on tall, black and white pylons, bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalks, and porcelain panels mounted on concrete podia.

Commissioned by the San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects

Designer: Michael Manwaring, Historian: Nancy Leigh Olmsted 1991-2000

 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 37° 47.714′ N, 122° 23.62′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Embarcadero near Market Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map.
Signs of History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Signs of History Marker
The marker is on the left, in front of the light pole.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 The 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. Splendid Survivor (a few steps from this marker); Klebingat Recalls The City Front (within shouting distance of this marker); Bustle of the City (within shouting distance of this marker); Freeway Supports (within shouting distance of this marker); San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Splendid Survivor (about 400 feet away); The Abraham Lincoln Brigade (about 400 feet away); Captain Leidesdorff (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is embedded in the sidewalk in front of the Ferry Building.
 
Also see . . .  Embarcadero (San Francisco) - Wikipedia. The Embarcadero right-of-way begins at the intersection of Second and King Streets near AT&T Park, and travels north, passing under the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. The sidewalk along the waterfront between Harrison Street and Broadway was named "Herb Caen Way..." after the death of celebrated local columnist Herb Caen in 1997. (Submitted on March 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
San Francisco Ferry Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. San Francisco Ferry Building
San Francisco Ferry Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. San Francisco Ferry Building
Statue of Mohandas Gandhi in the foreground.
San Francisco Ferry Building, an engineering landmark image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
5. San Francisco Ferry Building, an engineering landmark
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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