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Sitting on the Dock of Bay and Taylor Street

March 10, 2015
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Just one of those maps that makes your brain hurt. The (near) original San Francisco coast via the 1886 Sanborn Maps, when Bay St ran next to San Francisco Bay, and Beach St was water lots. Montgomery is today’s Columbus. (Click to zoom).


1886 SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay

FINE FINE here it is in BurritoVision:

1886 burritovision SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay

I found a saloon, right on the water! SALOON ZOOM:

1886 burritovision SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay crop

1886 burritovision SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay saloon

A saloon AND a dressing room for bathers no less. I suppose you would need a drink before plunging in next to the old lead smelter.

1886 burritovision SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay lead bath


5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2015 11:10 pm

    molto interessante..

  2. Robert Bowdidge permalink
    March 11, 2015 10:38 pm

    I’d heard that the Selby smelter was on the site of the future California Fruit Canners Association / Del Monte plant #1 site, and the map clinches it.

  3. mlis permalink
    March 12, 2015 10:15 am

    Note: searching for ‘bath house san francisco’ is a good way to quickly remind yourself what your safe search settings are.

    This photo (which possibly contains an image of your saloon!) seems like it’s taken from the shore near the, uh, ‘Old Wharf’ (assuming I read that correctly) at Mason & North Point: (parent page

    The label on the photograph is wrong – Black Point, Larkin, and Polk are actually behind the visible hill (as is the future Aquatic Park). The Coast Survey backs up my Black Point statement (,-California-). Many of the street maps in the Rumsey collection from this era are, shall we say, idealistic/artistic interpretations of a future waterfront, and I don’t have the time to unearth the names of the other buildings right now. :(

    Stereoscopic images of the Selby works (I had to stand pretty far back from my display to get the effect because my stereoscope’s on loan):,_San_Francisco,_Cal._-_Google_Art_Project.jpg,_San_Francisco,_Ca,_by_Watkins,_Carleton_E.,_1829-1916.png

    Neptune and Mermaid swimming baths advert:

    This article on the history of Black Point is fun:

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