Jasper O'farrell's original survey including future water lots.
Village of San Francisco on Yerba Buena Cove
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.
Artist's renderings of Yerba Buena/San Francisco in the 1800s
July 9th, 1846
Artist's rendering of Yerba Buena Cove and "The Plaza" on the day that the USS Portsmouth landed Capt. John B. Montgomery and claimed the village of Yerba Buena for the United States.
1846-47 Capt. Swasey Survey
This famous lithograph by Edward Bosqui was originally drawn by Captain W.F. Swasey, a continuous resident since 1845. It notes named streets and 35 structures and vessels at the time along with their owners.
San Francisco 1849
Painted in 1909 by Edwin H. Mitchell
San Francisco 1850
This 72"x41" oil painting by George Henry Burgess in 1879 was on display at the Montgomery Gallery at 406 Jackson St.
SF Water Front 1851
San Francisco View 1868
Photographs of Yerba Buena Cove During & After the Gold Rush
A view from the top of the Jenny Lind Theater in Portsmouth Square.
San Francisco Harbor 1849
A view from California Street in 1849
Yerba Buena Cove 1850
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
View from Rincon Point 1852
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.
Cunningham's Pier 1880s
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.
View from Rincon Point 1851
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.
1849 Yerba Buena Cove
Ships started to be abandoned as sailors deserted for the gold fields of the Sierra Nevada