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Where is the plaque for first SF bridge?


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Posted by Paula Lichtenberg on Monday, January 09, 2006 at 16:23:22 :

Browsing the web site of the SF Public Library's digitalized Historical Photograph collection, I came across a plaque placed by the National Society of Colonial Dames of American (in 1936) at the southeast corner of Montgomery and Jackson. This was the neck of a salt water lagoon that came up Jackson from Yerba Buena Cover and was the site of San Francisco's first bridge. Alcalde William Sturgis Hinckley had the small bridge built in 1844 to enable people to get to Clark's Point without having to go around the lagoon.

My question is, what happened to the plaque? The bank of Pioche & Bayerque, a major financial institution, was located at that site from the mid-1850s until it was torn down for urban renewal in 1964. I assume the plaque used to be on their bank. A new building was constructed on the site the following year, but another plaque currently on the building omits any mention of the small, but important, bridge.



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