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San Francisco Gold Rush Shoreline

 
 
San Francisco Gold Rush Shoreline Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 10, 2014
1. San Francisco Gold Rush Shoreline Marker
Inscription. The shore line of San Francisco Bay reached a point twenty-five feet northeasterly from this spot at the time gold was discovered by James W. Marshall at Coloma, California, January 24, 1848.

Map of old water line shown on tablet on opposite side of the street.
 
Erected 1923 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Historical Landmarks Committee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 47.454′ N, 122° 23.95′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Market Street near 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty Bell Slot Machine (a few steps from this marker); San Francisco Bay Shore Line Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First California State Fair (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); “The Orient Building” (approx. 0.2 miles away);
San Francisco Gold Rush Shoreline Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 10, 2014
2. San Francisco Gold Rush Shoreline Marker
This photo looks across Market Street toward a companion San Francisco Gold Rush Shoreline marker.
The Old Chamber of Commerce Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Alexander Leidesdorff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hobart Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Bank Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is embedded in the sidewalk.
 
Also see . . .  San Francisco's Changing Shoreline - San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The discovery of gold at Coloma in 1848 brought people from all over the world into California. Most of them arrived by ship to San Francisco. Passengers and crew alike abandoned ship, as the new “miners” went inland towards the gold fields east of Sacramento. Some abandoned ships were docked and used as stores, like the Niantic, now beneath the Transamerica Building. Other ships became “raw material”—part of the debris and fill used to extend San Francisco’s shoreline. (Submitted on February 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Companion San Francisco Gold Rush Shoreline Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 10, 2014
3. Companion San Francisco Gold Rush Shoreline Marker
This marker is diagonally opposite the marker above and is located at the intersection of Battery, Bush and Market Streets. See "Other nearby markers."
Map of San Francisco Showing Business Section and Waterfront 1851-1852 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Map of San Francisco Showing Business Section and Waterfront 1851-1852
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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