Market Street

Vintagemarketusethis Market Street, near where Drumm, California, and Main Streets merge into it, probably, in 1959. There’s a lot to look at in this terrific color photo from the Vintage San Francisco Facebook page. The Embarcadero Freeway, seen cutting past the Ferry Building, opened in 1959, and was demolished, (thankfully) in 1991 after the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 proved the elevated roadway unsafe. All of the buildings on the left were, eventually, knocked down for the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Justin Herman Plaza, and I don’t think I would have liked to have stayed in a place called Hotel Terminal, anyway! The brown building on the right in both pictures is the Southern Pacific Building, built in 1916. The Ferry Building had the numbers 1915 at the top throughout 2015 to celebrate the centennial of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, but I have not been able to find out what the numbers 50 placed on top in December stand for. The weather could have been a little more cooperative on this rainy December 22nd, and I didn’t get as far out onto Market Street as the old picture with all of those cars, streetcars and buses honking at me, but it makes a nice comparison. By the way, if you’re on Facebook and would enjoy about the best source of period pictures of San Francisco, check out the link below for the Vintage San Francisco page.  Addendum: The 50th Super Bowl, of course! Wake up, Tim!

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