Sunday, August 30, 2015

San Francisco's Chinatown: 30 August 2015

I did a walk through Chinatown on Sunday morning after reading "San Francisco Chinatown, A guide to its history and architecture." The book, written by Phillip P. Choy and published in 2012 by City Lights, is well written and informative. 

"Portsmouth Square is located on the site of the first public square established in the early 19th century in the Mexican community of Yerba Buena, whose name was changed to San Francisco in 1847. During the Mexican-American War Captain John B. Montgomery of the USS Portsmouth was ordered to seize Yerba Buena. "On July 9, 1846, the first American flag was raised near the Mexican adobe custom house in the plaza that would eventually be named Portsmouth Square in honor of the ship."
"Many historical events have happened at the plaza. In 1847, the first public school in California was erected at the southwest corner of the plaza. On May 11, 1848, the discovery of gold was announced when Sam Brannan showed his gold to a crowd. On June 12, 1849, a crowd was gathered at the plaza, demanding the election of delegates at the Monterey Constitutional Convention. An assembly was organized on July 16, 1849, to fight against a lawless body 'The Hounds.' On August 29, 1850, a memorial service was held after the death of US President Zachary Taylor. The First Admission Day celebration was held October 29, 1850, when California became the 31st state of the United States. On June 1, 1852, a crowd protested against the purchase of the Jenny Lind Theatre as the city hall. On September 18, 1859, Colonel E. D. Baker delivered an oration after US Senator David C. Broderick was killed in a duel with California Chief Justice David S. Terry."
Portsmouth Square Park is located in the heart of Chinatown. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.


A view from Portsmouth Square looking west, as seen on 22 June 1851. "Near harbor in 1851 — San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Early daguerreotype. Signs visible in the image include Book and Job Printing, Louisiana, Sociedad, Drugs & Medicines Wholesale & Retail, Henry Johnson & Co, Alta California, Bella Union." 
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Below are photos that I took in Chinatown. The last photo in this group was taken close to Chinatown. It is a historic building constructed in 1858. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.



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"Constructed in 1858, this elegant brick building played a major role in the financial and entrepreneurial development of frontier San Francisco. From his offices in this building, William M. Lent, President of the Savage Mining Company, organized the financing of the Comstock Lode located in Virginia City, Nevada. The wealth created by the successful mining of the Comstock provided capital for the development of the West in the years following the Civil War. The Society of California Pioneers." The building is San Francisco Landmark #27Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
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The route. The approximate distance traveled was 4.5 miles.

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