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Harrison Street

 
 
Harrison Street Marker, top left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Harrison Street Marker, top left plaque
Inscription. This marker consists of six plaques arranged in a 2 X 3 pattern. The top left plaque is the title plaque and may contain some text. The top right plaque displayed an arrow which points in the direction of the named street. Other plaques contain biographical information on the person for whom the street is named, appropriate quotation(s) and relevant illustrations, cast in bronze.

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, who arrived in California too late 1847 to affect the course of the War with Mexico, but stayed to rise to prominence in the state.

“And when the Future shall mature, which now receives
Harrison Street Marker, center left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Harrison Street Marker, center left plaque
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.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hills Brothers Coffee (within shouting distance of this marker); Fireboats on the Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spear Street (about 600 feet away); Folsom Street (about 600 feet away); Captain Shorey (about 700 feet away); 20,000 Years Ago
Harrison Street Marker, center right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. Harrison Street Marker, center right plaque
(about 800 feet away); Waterfront Railroad (about 800 feet away); Bryant Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
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Harrison Street Marker, bottom left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. Harrison Street Marker, bottom left plaque
Harrison Street Marker, bottom left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
5. Harrison Street Marker, bottom left plaque
Caption: The Stevenson Regiment transport ship Thomas H. Perkins<i/>
Harrison Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
6. Harrison Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on April 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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