A Walk to & up Telegraph Hill


Now open for RSVPs. A BIG GROUP WARNING! With great weather forecast + 120 or so already signed up = a very big & slow group. People who dislike a big and/or slow group should not show up for this one. 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. Because we will probably have more than 50 attendees, we will have to skip our usual group visit to the Palace Hotel at the start of the walk. We will be able to visit the hotel at the end when we return to our starting point as we will have fewer people. (Inside the hotel we usually 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 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. We will be able to go inside the nearby historic old Bank of America building, but only in groups of 10 or less.

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:

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

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.
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 Coit Tower on our walk afternoon of 11/10/12.

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  • Howard S.

    Expecting about 75 attendees I planned to have us skip the Palace Hotel at the start of the walk. However, as we only had 39 at our starting point I took us inside the hotel. By the time we reached the Pacific Heritage Museum we had 55 attendees. I tried something new by splitting us into groups of 10 to walk inside the original Bank of America building, but that took too much time & effort. We will not do that again. The weather was perfect.

    November 24, 2012

  • Marianna

    good!

    November 24, 2012

  • Stanley

    Taking Muni is taking longer than expected we might be a bit late so what's the itinerary?

    November 24, 2012

  • Howard S.

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    1 · November 15, 2012

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    Carpool anyone? Text to[masked]

    November 15, 2012

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