San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Robert Louis Stevenson
Plaque placed by admirers of the author in cooperation with the California Historical Society.
July 26, 1972
Erected 1972 by The California Historical Society and admirers of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Location. 37° 47.427′ N, 122° 24.442′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Bush Street and Stockton Street, on the left when traveling east on Bush Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 608 Bush, San Francisco CA 94108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miles Archer (a few steps from this marker); Home Telephone Company (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); SFFD Engine Co. No. 2 (about 700 feet away); Pacific States Building (about 700 feet away); Mayors of San Francisco (about 800 feet away); California Theatre (about 800 feet away); Dr. Sun Yat Sen (about 800 feet away); Chinese-American War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker.
Regarding Robert Louis Stevenson.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a famous Scottish novelist, poet, and essayist. He is perhaps best known for the novel, Treasure Island, the novella, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the collection of poems, A Child's Garden of Verses.
Stevenson traveled to California from the UK in 1879 to be with Franny Vandegrift Osbourne, whom he married in May, 1880.
In The Amateur Immigrant, Stevenson described his life in San Francisco as living "...all alone on forty-five cents a day, and sometimes less, with quantities of hard work and many heavy thoughts...".
After his stay in San Francisco, Stevenson and his wife Fanny, along with her son, Lloyd, spent the summer of 1880 on Mount Saint Helena in Napa County. He wrote about the experience in The Silverado Squatters.
In 1888, Stevenson and family set sail across the Pacific Ocean, stopping for extended stays in Hawaii and various other Pacific islands. He eventually settled in Samoa in 1890, where he died, probably of a cerebral hemorrhage, in 1894.
Also see . . .
1. Robert Louis Stevenson. Wikipedia.org's entry for Robert Louis Stevenson. (Submitted on April 28, 2009.)
2. Robert Louis Stevenson - Biographical Links. A set of links pertaining to Robert Louis Stevenson, including a geographical section, linking to various articles relating to the places where he lived and worked. (Submitted on April 28, 2009.)
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