San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
From 1889 to 1900, the bay at the foot of Union and Green Streets became known as Italy Harbor because the fishermen were Italian immigrants from Linguria and Sicily. The fishermen used small sail-powered fishing vessels called feluccas, hanging their nets along side. Each Sunday, the fishermen gathered still in there church clothes to inspect and repair their nets by hand.
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In 1900, the Port relocated the fishing fleet from Italy Harbor to make way for new steam powered ships needing its natural deep water. The fishermen settled into an inner lagoon near Hyde and Taylor Streets, now known worldwide as Fisherman’s Wharf.
1863 – 2013
“Where the City meets the Bay”
Erected 2013 by Port of San Francisco.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Telegraph Hill (a few steps from this marker); Vallejo Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Crimps and Dives (within shouting distance of this marker); Business on the Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Green Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Russian Navy Heroes (about 500 feet away); Pony Express Wharf (about 600 feet away); World War II (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is located near Pier 9.
Also see . . . Italian Americans in California - Bancroft Library. While the majority of Italians settled in the urban centers of the east, many, especially northern Italians came out west. As late as 1890, there were more Italian immigrants on the Pacific coast than in New England. Their reasons for leaving and for choosing California varied. (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.