06 March 2019

San Francisco – History Days at the Old United States Mint: 2 & 3 March 2019


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Two women visiting San Francisco History Days wearing clothing similar to what was worn in the late 1800s.

This is the Old San Francisco United States Mint. It is sited in downtown San Francisco on 5th and Mission Streets. It is the location for the annual San Francisco History Days meetup. The Old San Francisco United States Mint is California Registered Historical Landmark No. 875.

The Old San Francisco United States Mint.

The Old San Francisco United States Mint.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 875.

This is the first floor of the Old San Francisco Mint.

On the first floor of the mint.

Some of the displays located on the first floor of the Old Mint.

The Western Neighborhoods Project aka outsidelands.org is a San Francisco community asset.

This is Claudine Chalmers; she is a member of the French Mutual Benevolent Society which was established in San Francisco on 28 December 1851. The French Hospital was located on Bryant Street. The hospital provided medical assistance to its members. Ms. Chalmers is the author of French San Francisco.

Market Street Railway works in conjunction with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to provide excellent public transit in San Francisco. Alison Cant, shown here, helps to ensure that the nonprofit Market Street Railway achieves its goals.

A woman dressed in clothing which is similar to the clothing styles common in the late 1800s.

This is Woody LaBounty, he is the executive director of the Western Neighborhoods Project. Mr. LaBounty is also the author of Carville-by-the-Sea: San Francisco's Streetcar Suburb.

Claudine Chalmers of the French Mutual Benevolent Society.

This stairway heads down to the basement, the former location of the gold storage vaults and the gold coin manufacturing equipment.

This is a five-stamp gold ore mill that was used in the California gold country.



This is part of the five stamp gold ore mill which was manufactured in San Francisco by the Joshua Hendy Iron Works.

Here is another view of the five stamp gold mill.

The basement area of the Old San Francisco Mint is where the gold vaults are located. The vaults were used to store gold bullion and gold coins.

This is gold vault #5

This is gold vault #9.

This is gold vault #8.

This is gold vault #6.

This is an unnumbered gold vault.

Here are ten water lines that were used in the manufacturing of gold coins and gold bullion bars.

This basement location was the site of the gold coin manufacturing machinery.


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