San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Raising of the American Flag
the American flag
was first raised
in San Francisco
John B. Montgomery
of the U.S.S. Portsmouth
July 9, 1846
Erected 1924 by Daughters of the American Revolution, San Francisco Chapters.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 37° 47.701′ N, 122° 24.337′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street near Walter U Lum Place, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portsmouth Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the First Public School in California (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Smith Hallidie (within shouting distance of this marker); California Star (within shouting distance Site of the Jenny Lind Theatre and San Francisco City Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Birthplace of a Great City (about 300 feet away); Home of Benjamen Chinn (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Portsmouth Square Plaza.
Also see . . . Raising the Flag. This delightful first-person account appeared in The Golden Era, a San Francisco newspaper, in 1853, under the pseudonym "Filings." The author was later identified as Joseph T. Downey, a yeoman who served on board the U.S.S. Portsmouth when that ship's commander (Captain John Montgomery) raised the American flag in San Francisco (then known as Yerba Buena) on July 9 1846, during the U.S.-Mexico War. According to his own reminiscences, Downey was a mischievous young man and often in trouble with his superiors. (Submitted on January 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • War, Mexican-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on March 19, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.