Leidesdorff St

Address: Leidesdorff St, San Francisco, CA

Latitude: 37.7934470

Longitude: -122.4020690

Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Categories: Attraction

Tags: Cultural


Leidesdorff St...a totally smal and obscure street with a big history in California. You will find this steet near the shops and restraunts of The Embarcadero/Financial district.Named after the San Francisco pre gold rush pioneer, William Leidesdorff. A prominent and successful black citizen of SF. Leidesdorff who brought his shipping business to SF in the 1840s when he was barred from entering New Orleans because he was black. He was the first superintendent of schools, operated a succesful shipping company with the first steam ship in San Francisco Bay, is ship is featured on the Great Seal of the State of California. Adolf sutter contracted Leidesdorff for transportation up the Sacramento river in search of his new colony "New Helvetica"...later 'Sutters Fort'.After Leidesdorff's death in 1848, his safe (reputed to be the only one if SF at the time) was bought by A.P. Gianini for San Francisco's Bank of Italy...later to become Bank of America. There is truly nothing remarkable about the current street...except that it pays respect to an influential and venerated California pioneer whose legacy is understated in the history of SF. Stop by and pay your respects on the way to some nearby great restruants or unique shopping in SF.

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