Rising 39 stories high in the skyline, the magnificent Marriott Marquis San Francisco Hotel exudes an essence of modern luxury and the convenience of an extraordinary downtown San Francisco hotel. Just south of Market Street ...more
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A Trip Down San Francisco's Market Street
Market Street In San Francisco is a historic thoroughfare that has been an important part of the local community since the earliest years of the cities growth. Market Street begins in the northeast section of the city, by the Ferry Building, and runs southwest across the downtown section of San Francisco. It continues in this direct until finally stopping by the neighborhood of Twin Peaks. The road continues from there, but under a different name. That name is Portola Drive. However, Portola Drive is outside the jurisdiction of what Market Street really means to the city and its residents. Market Street is one of the oldest and most frequently used streets in the entire city. It has been used during the days of horse drawn carriages and now serves as one of the cities main transit arteries. The street has been home to trolley cars, cable cars and buses. Modern day Market Street sees plenty of trolleybus traffic, as well as heritage streetcars and personal automobiles. Market Street is essentially the Fifth Avenue of San Francisco.
A Brief History Of Market Street
Jasper O'Farrell first developed the idea of Market Street. He was a young civil engineer with big plans. The street was first dreamed up way back when the city was still named Yerba Buena, before it was eventually renamed San Francisco in 1847 by the Americans who captured it. It was the widest street in the whole city, upon its initial construction. Market Street was 120 feet wide from the day it was born. It is no longer the widest street in San Francisco, being smaller than the 125-foot wide Van Ness Street. It was described in its early days as an arrow aimed at the heart of Twin Peaks. In the 1970s and 80s the street went through some changes, when the Bay Area Rapid Transit system began construction. At that time the Muni Metro was rebuilt underground.
What Market Street Means To The Average San Franciscan
Market Street has served as the home to many of the largest parades in the world. It is renowned world wide for such events as the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The street also has a dark history that has affected many San Franciscans in the past. The Preparedness Day bombing took place on Market Street in 1916. This bombing was centered on the United States' decision to enter World War I. Ten people were killed by a suitcase bomb that was left in the street. Fourty people were wounded by the bomb, which was believed to have been set by two labor leaders named Thomas Mooney and Warren Billings. The two men were convicted and sentences to hang. Since that dark time, Market Street has certainly made a comeback as a place of peace and prosperity. Many San Franciscans rely on the street for commuting to work and other travels. Market Street is one of the most interesting streets in U.S. history. The road ahead looks promising and bright as well.