San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
World War II
During World War II, the San Francisco waterfront became the headquarters of the war effort in the Pacific. During the 45 months of war, 1.6 million soldiers and 23.5 million tons of cargo shipped from San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Army report summarized it as the “greatest war port in the United States.”
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The Port of San Francisco was founded in 1863, during the trying years of the Civil War and shortly after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and the Pacific Railway Act. On the afternoon of his assassination, President Lincoln sent a message with House Speaker Schuyler Colfax to deliver a message on his behalf to the California Miners: “Tell the miners from me... that their prosperity is the prosperity of the nation and we shall prove in a very few years we are indeed the treasury of the world.”
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 37° 47.925′ N, 122° 23.814′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on The Embarcadero near Broadway, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 432 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Russian Navy Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferry Boats (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Business on the Wharf (about 400 feet away); Crimps and Dives (about 500 feet away); Vallejo Street (about 600 feet away); The River Lines (about 600 feet away); Piers 1˝, 3 & 5 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.