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A Walk to & up Telegraph Hill

Now open for RSVPs. Eat your lunch before the walk as we will not be stopping for lunch. The start of the rainy season is a good time to do this walk as it is only 3 miles & we will have places to hide from the rain. We will gather at 1:00 PM in front of the Starbucks on New Montgomery Street near Market Street. It is close to the Montgomery Street BART Station. The only cost is $2 cash for the walk and I will collect that later at another location. At 1:10 PM we will leave the Starbucks. If our group is not too big, under 50, we will then enter the Palace Hotel through the New Montgomery Street entrance. There we will look at the small exhibit on President Warren G. Harding, who died in the hotel in 1923, which is at the South end of the main hallway. Then we will walk North in the hallway to the North exit of the hotel which is next to their fine restrooms, leaving hotel about 1:30 PM.

Then we walk North on Montgomery Street. Then we will visit the FREE Pacific Heritage Museum at 608 Commercial Street, between Montgomery Street and Kearny Street. If you are late and cannot find us then walk to the museum. If our group has more than 50 people we may bypass the hotel and walk directly North on Montgomery to the museum. The museum staff are always very happy to see us and they have fine restrooms. Then we will walk up Telegraph Hill via the East slope, the Filbert Street Steps.

This is our walk with the greatest amount of history information. We visit the Jackson Square area which has buildings from the 1850s and 1860s. We will see: an 1854 building that was a bank and the bank manager was Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman before he became a general; the New Hippodrome, the last vestige of the Barbary Coast; the place where television was invented; and old movie locations. I plan to show attendees old photos of some of the sites.

The New Hippodrome building closed for years opened a year ago for business as "Artist & Craftsman Supply" "an employee-owned company" and they invited us inside and even took us into the basement. I had never before been inside & I didn't even know there was a basement. They have the 100+ year old lighting glowing!

Ending time:  5:45 PM.

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

Photo below was taken on a Telegraph Hill walk.

Photo below of some of us at Coit Tower on top of Telegraph Hill

Photo below from a previous Telegraph Hill walk.

Photo below from a previous Telegraph Hill walk.

Photo below from a previous Telegraph Hill walk.

Photo below from a previous Telegraph Hill walk taken by Lisa Palomar. It's a sculpture of the shot dead SF Zoo tiger Tatiana.

Photo below from a previous Telegraph Hill walk.

Photo below from a previous Telegraph Hill walk showing a paper Bogart where Bogart starred in the 1947 movie "Dark Passage."

Photo below from a previous Telegraph Hill walk.

Photo below from a previous Telegraph Hill walk.

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  • Mary B.


    November 12, 2012

  • Howard S.

    We got back to our starting point 5 minutes early despite having the unexpected treat of being able to go inside the original Bank of America Building! The bank there was always closed on Saturdays & unknown to us it moved out & was replaced by a men's clothing store. I will go over there & see if they will let us in again on Saturday, Nov. 24th.

    November 10, 2012

  • Howard S.

    We go to Coit Tower, but are only there for a short time to take a group photo and to use the restrooms. No time to take a tour or go to the top.

    October 29, 2012

  • Carol

    Is Coit Tower itself on your agenda?

    October 29, 2012

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