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.
Quartermaster’s Clerk of the Stevenson Regiment of First New York Volunteers, Edward H. Harrison came from an obscure past to occupy a respectable role in the nascent civic affairs of San Francisco, becoming Port Collector in 1848 before returning to the East in 1850. Harrison typified the ordinary men of the Stevenson Regiment recruited from the Irish mechanics of New York,
“And when the Future shall mature, which now receives its birth, when California stands among the mighty powers of earth; then Californians, pause to think who brought these blessings rare. Think who it was first pealed the note of Freedom on the air, and you will learn with heartfelt praise, to bless the happy day, when Freedom took its westward flight to California.” – Anonymous member of Stevenson Regiment • 1847
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. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1853.
Location. 37° 47.367′ N, 122° 23.315′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Embarcadero and Harrison Street, on the right when traveling south on Embarcadero. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 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. Hills Brothers Coffee (within shouting distance of this marker); Hills Bros. Coffee Trademark (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fireboats on the BaySpear Street (about 600 feet away); Folsom Street (about 600 feet away); Captain Shorey (about 700 feet away); 20,000 Years Ago (about 800 feet away); Waterfront Railroad (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on April 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.