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Fremont Street

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 18, 2014
1. Fremont Street Marker
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 naval officers. Fremont and Folsom were prominent officers; Harrison, Bryant and King held important city and port positions; Spear and Brannan had been pioneers of Yerba Buena before San Francisco had its name.

Pathfinder of the West, Fremont led three U.S. Army expeditions in 1842-1845 that helped to open the Overland Trail. In 1846 he was instrumental in the Bear Flag Rebellion and the end of Mexican rule in California, through daring and extraordinary good fortune. Dismissed from the army for arrogating excessive authority, Fremont ran for President in 1856 as a Republican on an anti-slavery ticket. In his later life he pursued many great schemes, and was always one step away from riches.

"Railroads followed the lines of his journeyings, a nation followed his
John Charles Fremont, 1813-1890 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 18, 2014
2. John Charles Fremont, 1813-1890
maps to their resting places. and many cities have risen on the ashes of his campfires." -- Jesse Fremont.
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 47.023′ N, 122° 23.301′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from The Embarcadero near Delancey Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Alaska Packers (within shouting distance of this marker); Building the Seawall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brannan Street (about 400 feet away); The Oriental Warehouse (about 400 feet away); Remnants of Rincon Hill (about 400 feet away); Beale Street (about 500 feet away); Beale Street Wharf (about 500 feet away); Vernon Alley (about 700 feet 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 . . .  John Charles Fremont - Utah History to Go. Fremont's grandest achievement was in exploring the West
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 18, 2014
3. Fremont Street Marker
and making it known through his lively, readable reports (prepared with the help of his wife) and his maps (drawn with the assistance of Charles Preuss). They seem to have been influential in the Mormons' decision to settle in the Salt Lake Valley. He also discovered and named the Great Basin as a geologic and geographic entity and established the correct elevation of the Great Salt Lake at 4,200 feet.
(Submitted on March 2, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Fremont Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 18, 2014
4. Fremont Street Marker
Fremont Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 18, 2014
5. Fremont Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 2, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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