Bummer and Lazarus

Bummer and Lazarus (HM13MI)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94111 San Francisco County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 47.718', W 122° 24.144'

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Bummer and Lazarus were two stray dogs who roamed this part of San Francisco in the 1860s. Their devotion to each other endeared them to the citizenry, and the newspapers reported their joint adventures, whether stealing a bone from another dog, uncovering a nest of rats or stopping a runaway horse. Though authorities destroyed other strays on sight, the city permitted these two to run free. Indeed, they were welcomed, regular customers at popular eating and drinking establishments on Montgomery Street. Contrary to common belief, they were not Emperor Norton's dogs. They belonged to no one person. They belonged to San Francisco. When Lazarus died in October of 1863 (followed by Bummer in November, 1865), a reporter for the "Bulletin" described them thus:
"Two dogs with but a single bark, two tails that wagged as one."
HM NumberHM13MI
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1992
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 11:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 552613 N 4183271
Decimal Degrees37.79530000, -122.40240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.718', W 122° 24.144'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 43.08" N, 122° 24' 8.64" W
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Area Code(s)415, 510, 858, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 535 Washington St, San Francisco CA 94111, US
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