Village of San Francisco on Yerba Buena Cove
Jasper O'farrell's original survey including future water lots.
Map of cove and lots to Mongomery Beach.
Lots to the East of the shoreline were planned to Front st. After those water lots were filled in San Francisco continued out into the bay to the embarcadero.
The "Long Pier" running West to East is now Commercial Street.
A view from the top of the Jenny Lind Theater in Portsmouth Square.
A view from California Street in 1849
Piers began to be built out up to a quarter mile into the cove to accommodate merchant as well as passenger ships.
Yerba Buena Cove
By 1852 the cove had almost been completely filled in. You can still see a little water left in this picture.
A View down Sacramento Street
Broadway & Front Streets.
A picture of the Eastern base of Telegraph Hill at what is now about 400 Embarcadero
The Southern end of the cove
Yerba Buena Cove near Rincon Point.
Rincon Hill, on the South side of the cove - where the Bay Bridge meets land now, shows how the piers began to form a grid. These would become San Francisco's cross streets running North-South.
Ships started to be abandoned as sailors deserted for the gold fields of the Sierra Nevada
Armada of Gold Dreams
Commercial & Montgomery Streets