Posts Tagged ‘1849’

The Most-Improved Official Government Place-Name Sign in California, 20th Century Edition – Could Be Room For Improvement Though

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Here you go, from the Great Central Valley in 2016, a sign pointing to the American River:

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Only the name remains on the opposite side of the river from where African American miners first started mining gold in 1849-1850. Negro Bar State Park is a reminder that a mining camp once bore a similar name.”

SFPD “Horse Mounted Officers” in Traffic – A Herd on Kearny – What’s Changed in 166 Years?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Of course back in ’49, you know, 1849, some people were still calling Kearny Street La Calle de la Fundacion – it was the start of the grid system of streets we know today.

Anyway, not much has changed since the founding of the SFPD 166 years ago – a time-traveling gold miner from back then would have no problem understanding this aspect of The Future: 

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OMG, the 2011 Annual Spring Show Just Opened at the Academy of Art University at Van Ness and Washington

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Haven’t dropped by this year just yet ’cause the locale always seems to be uphill from wherever I am, but you, well, here are all the deets if you want to check things out.

Open House is on June 4, 2011 and the whole shebang ends on August 15th.

See you there!

San Francisco’s Unsinkable Tadich Grill – Set to Open for Lunch after Yesterday’s Fire

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

This was the scene in the Financial District yesterday as a woodburning stove at the historic Tadich Grill went all haywire and started a smoky fire at 11:00 AM. (Mas o menos, you know it was about a minute either way from 11:00 AM when people started calling 911, certainly not “11:21 AM,” but oh well.)

Check it at news outlet SFist. But, what’s this? The Tadich is re-opening today at 11:00 AM? Well toute le monde will probably show up for lunch based upon the free advertising the fire provided. (Just like at the R&G Lounge after St. Anthony Bourdain’s recent visit. It pays to get free advertising, non?)

It was hard to tell at first how big this fire would get:

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Here’s a close-up through some tinted windows showing the flue fire looking more like a smokeless Olympic Flame:

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And here the interior après le feu. Not bad, huh?

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After a brief closure…

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…the Tadich should be open for business again soon.

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Good luck Tadich Grill!

How the Mayor is Mostly Wrong About San Francisco’s Claim on the Name “49ers”

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Let’s take a look at what Mayor Gavin Newsom had to say at a recent editorial meeting over at the San Francisco Chronicle, talking about how the City of San Francisco might take on the City of Santa Clara over the 49ers wanting to move on down the Peninsula. These days, there’s talk of the San Francisco 49ers continuing on in the South Bay without any kind of a name change. Says Mr. Mayor:

We can sue… we’re a 49 square mile city, founded in 1849 by the 49ers. The city [Santa Clara] can’t take the name ’49ers‘.”

Ooh, numbers!

1. So let’s see here, the name of the Niners has something to do with the land area of the City of San Francisco? Really? Never heard of  that. Actually, S.F. is a 46-something square mile city, and it used to be a lot smaller especially back in the day. You can add up everything, all our filled-in areas (like the FiDi and the Marina) and then throw in the islands (like the Farallones and Red Rock) and then sprinkle in the parts of islands that are part of San Francisco that shouldn’t be (like Angel Island and Alameda(!) Island) and all that totals just 46. 7 square miles.

(Of course people use the term “7 by 7” but that’s just an approximation.) 

So, how can you sue over something like this?

Strike one.

The Mayor seems to do better calm and prepared, as shown, as opposed to pissed off and off-the-cuff, as he was for at least a brief moment at the Chron’s Ed Board.


2. San Francisco was founded in 1776 and incorporated in 1850. So, 1849 is close, but no cigar. What other cities can also claim 1850 incorporation? Well, how about all the big ones? El Lay, Fun Diego, San Hoser, Sactown (Sacramento, Sacramento where you at?), the list goes on. (Something to do with the Compromise of 1850, they learned us in school in Sacratomatoe.) 

How can you sue over something like this?

Strike two.

Do the Gold Rush cheerleaders know the way to San Jose? They seemed to be baffled by San Francisco’s Civic Center / Tenderloin / Little Saigon area, thereby causing a stir a few years back.


The little girl, nobody notices the little girl being ignored, if ever so briefly, by her caretaker(s), with a loud sigh and a dramatic crossing of the arms.

3. Now if you want to talk about how San Francisco was incorporated by 49ers, people who came here in 1849 looking for gold and whatnot, well, feel free to say that. But so were other cities, specifically Grass Valley, CA and, indeed, Santa Clara. I don’t know how you can use that as an argument. How can you sue over something like this?

Ball one.

We’ll have to leave this at a count of one and two. (Gavin could have thrown in our 49-Mile Scenic Drive as well, but that would only encourage Santa Clara to follow suit with their own. Can you imagine going on that tour? You’d have to handcuff the tourists to their seats after the first half-mile.)

Could jazzy New Orleans have sued when the Utah Jazz basketball team wanted to move to Salt Lake City and yet still keep the green, purple and gold colours of Mardi Gras? Sacre Bleu!

Could somebody today sue Mill Valley-based “Ferrari of San Francisco” for not actually being “of San Francisco”?

The World Wonders.