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Can You Name the Extreme Points of San Francisco – North, South, East, and West? It’s Hard!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is hard, this game of identifying the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points of San Francisco.

If you guess, you’re going to make mistakes.

All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:

Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock

Red Rock

North Farallon Islands

Alameda Island 

I’m srsly.

1. Northermost: Red Rock Island. It’s about eight miles north of Fisherman’s Wharf. Seems as if it’s always for sale. You can get there by kayak and then hike to the top if you want – put that on your bucket list.

As seen from the mainland of San Francisco. The Richmond San Rafael Bridge and East Brother Island are in the background:

Red Rock at 600mm on a very clear day. Don’t try this with your iPhone camera – your shot might not come out so hot.

2. Southernmost: Seal Rock, South Farallon Islands. It’s south of Southeast Farallon Island. It can be seen on the left side here.

And here it is as seen from Twin Peaks:

840mm, on a very clear day.

3. Westernmost: North Farallon Islands.

Actually, it’s this islet in the upper left here, seen with North Farallon Island and St. James Island in the lower right. (I’m surprised that this unnamed rock hasn’t yet been named for a longtime local political strongman like Willie Brown or Rose Pak):

4, Easternmost: Alameda Island. Surprise! Work out your denial issues here.

As seen from the (old) Bay Bridge, the eastern span, the one that was never named for a local political strongman, like Willie Brown or Rose Pak: 

Here are the four points, underlined, to sum up:

Oh, even better is if you let Google Maps highlight the county line in red. (If you zoom in on the linked page, you can also see a couple of places on Angel Island that Google similarly correctly ID’ed as parts of San Francisco.)

Thanks for playing!

UPDATE: Oh, man, you people are clever:

1. So what about SFO airport as southernmost? Well, that place is “owned and policed by the City and County of San Francisco, but is located in and entirely surrounded by adjacent San Mateo County.” So that’s why the San Mateo County Coroner was involved in the SFFD’s less-than-perfect handling of the Asiana 214 accident. Another situation would be with San Francisco’s O’Shaughnessy Dam up in Hetch Hetchy near Yosemite a murder on top of that dam would be prosecuted by the Tuolumne County DA (or maybe the Feds – you all might be right, IDK), not by the SFDA. Don’t ask me about which DA would handle a stabbing at San Francisco Jails #5 or #6 down in San Bruno, San Mateo County. (Perhaps the counties have an agreement over such matters? IDK.) OTOH, a crime on the western tip of Alameda Island would be handled by the SFDA.

2. And Candlestick Point (and the entire southern border of mainland SF)? It’s ever just ever north of the southernmost part of the Farallones – that’s a real close call.

Buy Red Rock Island – Most Northern Part of San Francisco is Just $22,000,000

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

[UPDATE: The San Francisco Mission District’s always-excellent Mission Mission has all the new deets. And welcome, all you FilePile visitors. I see you! Also, I Know What You Did Last Summer.]

This is your chance to own beautiful Red Rock Island, now listed for just $22 million by Santa Rosa’s Steven Higbee. Imagine owning your own private Alcatraz! Per the shill:

“…the ONLY privately held island in the San Francisco Bay….out of the fog belt just south of the San Rafael/ Richmond Bridge…six acres, 175 feet high…views spectacular…just eight miles to Fisherman’s Wharf…” 

From the Richmond San Rafael Bridge:


If you lived here, you’d be home by now 

You want. Make an offer why not? You’d only have to sell 38,000 shares at current valuations. Then you’d be a part of history and NPR would want to put you on the FM radio too.

What’s in it for you? Well, you could try to develop it.  Might be a bit of a hassle dealing with three different counties but think of all the manganese you’d be able to sell after you’re done leveling the island with dynamite or something. You’d make big bucks.

Plus, they’ll probably even throw in the island’s home page to sweeten the deal. The website has all the photos you’d want of your new home

Perché no?