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Bummer and Lazarus

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
1. Bummer and Lazarus Marker
Inscription. Bummer and Lazarus were two stray dogs who roamed this part of San Francisco in the 1860s. Their devotion to each other endeared them to the citizenry, and the newspapers reported their joint adventures, whether stealing a bone from another dog, uncovering a nest of rats or stopping a runaway horse. Though authorities destroyed other strays on sight, the city permitted these two to run free. Indeed, they were welcomed, regular customers at popular eating and drinking establishments on Montgomery Street. Contrary to common belief, they were not Emperor Norton's dogs. They belonged to no one person. They belonged to San Francisco. When Lazarus died in October of 1863 (followed by Bummer in November, 1865), a reporter for the “Bulletin” described them thus:
“Two dogs with but a single bark, two tails that wagged as one.”

 
Erected 1992 by E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 47.718′ N, 122° 24.144′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
2. Bummer and Lazarus Marker
. This marker is located in Transamerica Redwood Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 535 Washington Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Montgomery Block ( within shouting distance of this marker); The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Ship Niantic ( within shouting distance of this marker); Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site ( about 300 feet away); Bank of Italy ( about 300 feet away); The Black Cat Café ( about 300 feet away); "The Family" ( about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bummer and Lazarus - Encyclopedia of San Francisco. Bummer and Lazarus were two stray dogs that roamed the streets of San Francisco between 1861 and 1865. They became famous for their expertise at killing the rats that infested the city in those days, and for their unique bond of friendship. (Submitted on August 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. "Exit Bummer" - twainquotes.com. "In fact, Bummer should have died sooner: there
Transamerica Redwood Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 10, 2012
3. Transamerica Redwood Park
was a time when his death would have left a lasting legacy of fame to his name. Now, however, he will be forgotten in a few days. Bummer's skin is to be stuffed and placed with that of Lazarus." (Submitted on August 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Animals
 
“Three Bummers” image. Click for full size.
Cartoon by Edward Jump, circa 1861
4. “Three Bummers”
The Emperor of the United States, Norton I, with Bummer and Lazarus.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 666 times since then and 81 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week July 7, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on July 6, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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