A Short Walk Heavy on History

  • August 17, 2013 · 12:00 PM
  • Starbucks

Now open for RSVPs. Free walk. We will gather at Noon in front of the Starbucks at the corner of Davis & Jackson Streets. It is 5 short blocks North of the Embarcadero BART Station. Either bring a sack lunch or buy one at or near our starting point. Only use the Starbucks restroom if you buy something there. The nearby Safeway store has 2 adequate restrooms. At 12:10 PM we will start our walk by crossing Jackson and Davis streets to the nearby Sydney Walton Park where we plan to take our group photo with the group on the grass and the photographer at the top of the big stairway.

Meetup.com no longer allows Organizers to change the color of the text in the event descriptions. So the best I can do right at the moment to improve the color is to make a link to a page with the text in color black. The link is below:

Click here to see all the text on this page in color black.

Then we will walk to the Levi Plaza Fountain, but before getting there we will stop at a location in recent history, the site of the old KGO radio station. In December, 2011, most of the radio hosts of this previously #1 Bay Area station were ambush fired and walked to the curb like small time criminals by a giant corporation, Cumulus, that buys radio stations and makes money by replacing local shows with cheap sydicated shows. Back then people came to this site to protest and KGO's ratings tanked.

We will eat our sack lunches near the lovely Levi Plaza Fountain. We will visit the Levi Strauss Museum. We will visit the Jackson Square area which has buildings from the 1850s and 1860s. We will see:  the place where television was invented; the New Hippodrome, the last vestige of the Barbary Coast; and an 1854 building that was a bank and the bank manager was famed Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman way before he became a general.

We will visit the FREE Pacific Heritage Museum at 608 Commercial Street, between Montgomery Street and Kearny Street. The museum staff are always very happy to see us and they have fine restrooms. The nearby historic old Bank of America building is now owned by a combination expensive men's clothing store and private club. I previously planned to have us go inside in groups of ten, but different people running the place tell us different rules so we will not go inside as a group.

This walk is completely flat and length is less than 2 miles and we hope to end at our starting point about 4:00 PM. We plan to go inside 3 museums & galleries.

For any questions about how to get around the Bay Area on public transportation click on the government provided trip planner link below:

http://tripplanner.transit.511.org/mtc/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en

It is much better to take public transportation than to drive to SF, but if one has to drive here is parking info. Every Saturday there is a Farmers Market around the Ferry Building. You may get validated parking from them. I have a leaflet from them that says the least costly pay parking is at the Golden Gateway Garage, 250 Clay Street, which has parking all day between 8 am & 10 pm, with validation, for only $3. Without validation it is $7. It has over 600 spaces. That is our latest information and things might change. Below is a link to the Golden Gateway Garage rates:

http://www.goldengatewaygarage.net/rates.html 

The Farmers Market used to, on the internet, give lots of parking information. Now they have just a short description on parking which is at the link below:

http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/ parking.php

Below is where we will take our group photo, Sydney Walton Park.

Photo below is where we will eat our sack lunches. Photo below is where we will eat our sack lunches. Photo below is at the Jackson Square Neighborhood. Photo below is on our walk. Photo below of inside the original Bank of America building. Photo below of inside the original Bank of America building. Photo below of inside the original Bank of America building. Photo below of inside the original Bank of America building.

 

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  • Kurt C.

    Another great walk, and friendly people to talk to. Thanks, Howard!

    August 18, 2013

  • Tricia

    Had a great time. I love San Francisco and learned a lot about the history of the city.

    August 18, 2013

  • Mary Jane J.

    I had a wonderful day! Good weather, good company, fun history. Thank you, Howard.

    August 18, 2013

  • Maureen

    Great short walk to see much of the hidden history of SF

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great way to spend my Saturday. It was well worth it!!

    August 17, 2013

  • Joan S

    Great group of walkers! Enjoyed it!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Sylvia

    It was a pretty nice walk. Nice group of people.

    August 17, 2013

  • Sylvia

    It was a pretty nice walk. Nice group of people.

    August 17, 2013

  • Inna

    I may not able to join at noon. Where can I catch up with the group at 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm?

    2 · August 16, 2013

    • Howard S.

      It is on Filbert St. between Battery and Sansome.

      August 17, 2013

    • Regina

      Running late... Will meet by the fountain too if anything

      August 17, 2013

  • Lilia

    Maybe- it looks like i have family conflict

    August 17, 2013

  • Deborah G.

    sorry--- see everyone next time

    August 14, 2013

  • Shaye from S.

    Howard, wish I could attend but it turns out I have to work this week :( Hope to see you soon! Shaye

    August 13, 2013

    • Howard S.

      Oh no! You would have been a perfect person for this walk as you were a regular guest on the old KGO radio site that we are going to visit! Oh well, I expect we will have many more walks that you can attend.

      August 13, 2013

    • Shaye from S.

      Yes, I am disappointed too. But my work involves emergency filings and I have to be available when the need arises. Yes, I am looking forward to many more walks with you and your group, Howard :)

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First day of classes, wish I could attend.

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm brand new here and want to learn all about SF. Let's do it!

    August 10, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Realize I have a prior commitment.

    August 7, 2013

  • KMS

    Looking forward to my first walk!

    August 5, 2013

  • Felicia

    I'm so bummed! I thought I'd be able to go but now I have to work. Next one for sure.

    July 30, 2013

  • olive o.

    tentative yes

    July 30, 2013

  • Felicia

    Hello, I'm really hoping to join this group. Though I live in Santa Rosa I want to do more in SF. Have lived here only 2 yrs, still so much to see! Love walking, love history. Hope to meet you all soon :)

    July 28, 2013

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