Posted by NJ on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 13:17:55 :
In Reply to: Follow up - Minna Street SF posted by Michelle Cook Wagner on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 09:01:46 :
: Hi. I am interested in further information about the origin of Minna street name. A previous post said that "One source (Ray's Notes) at the S.F. Public Library History Room says it was named after Minna Quilfelt. It was probably named in 1849 or 1850". Any further info on her that would explain why they named a street after her at that point in time? (We think she is listed as the mother (possibly foster mother) of my 2x gr grandfather Charles Cook on his death certificate). Also, what are Ray's notes? Thanks in advance for your help!
According to some accounts, the alleys of SoMa, including Minna St., were named for Gold Rush-era prostitutes (or maybe mistresses of City officials), who were showered with attention since there were so few women (or perhaps white women) living in the City at the time. So maybe you have some distinguished history in your bloodline. :)
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