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Francisco Street

 
 
Francisco Street Marker, top left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
1. Francisco 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.

“Blessed Brother Sun... Sister Moon be praised” so sang the mystic, Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order in 1210. Franciscan friars founded the Mission Dolores on a tributary to the bay of San Francisco, named for their patron saint. In 1847 the village of Yerba Buena became San Francisco, and by 1852, Francisco Street appeared on city surveys. Called “God’s Fool” because of his simple love that embraced all creatures, Francis, the son of a well-to-do Italian merchant family, became transformed by mystical experiences from fun-loving, spontaneous troubadour, into a mendicant disciple for Christ who devoted his life to praising God.

“Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars
Formed by you so bright, precious, and beautiful.
Be praised, my lord, for Brother Wind
And the airy skies, so cloudy and serene;
For every weather, be praised, for it is life-giving.”
Francisco Street Marker, center left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
2. Francisco Street Marker, center left plaque
Caption: Francis of Assisi • 1181/82 – 1226


The Canticle of Brother Sun, by Francis of Assisi
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 48.346′ N, 122° 24.27′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on The Embarcadero, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1623 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discarded Treasure (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belt Line Railroad (about 500 feet away); Down to the Seas in Ships (about 600 feet away); Luxury to the Tropics (approx. 0.2 miles away); Telegraph Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coit Memorial Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gold Mountain (approx. ¼ mile away); Coit Tower (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. Francisco Street no longer intersects with The Embarcadeo.
 
Also see . . .  The Making and Naming Of the Streets of San Francisco -sfGeneology. In 1839, Governor Alvarado directed a survey to be made of the place, and Jose
Francisco Street Marker, center right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
3. Francisco Street Marker, center right plaque
Castro, the prefect of the district, employed for that purpose Jean J. Vioget, who in November of that year surveyed and platted out the village of Yerba Buena, included between the present Broadway, Montgomery, Powell and California streets.
(Submitted on April 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Francisco Street Marker, bottom left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
4. Francisco Street Marker, bottom left plaque
Francisco Street Marker, bottom right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
5. Francisco Street Marker, bottom right plaque
Francisco Street Markers image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
6. Francisco Street Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on April 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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