56 Gold Street

56 Gold Street (HM13QI)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94133 San Francisco County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 47.811', W 122° 24.176'

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Jackson Square
Historic District

Has been place on the
National Register
of Historic Places

By the United States
Department of the Interior

1971
Details
HM NumberHM13QI
Additional InformationGold Street, a one block alley in the Jackson Square District, still has many of its original brick buildings from the 1850s, largely spared by earthquakes and fires. Fifty-six Gold Street at the corner of Balance Street can, in a way, claim notoriety as the location that started the Gold Rush. It was an assay office. This is a place to which the government distributed standard gold and silver coins used for measuring the bullion, coins, dust, ore or nuggets coming in from the gambling parlors, banks and—eventually—gold mines. The comparisons were for purity, weight, composition and value. Miners would dump their rocks hopefully on the counter, and come away thrilled and rich or occasionally disappointed. On May 12, 1848, more than three months after the first gold was found 135 roadless miles east at Sutter's Mill, Sam Brannan announced the presence of gold in the Sierra to the tingling ears of Yerba Buena town. He then walked into the 56 Gold Street assay office with a bottle of flakes and dust, to prove his rumor. His rumor became a gold rush. Yerba Buena became San Francisco. Since 56 Gold Street was right at the water's edge, Balance Street was water, the deepest and southernmost corner of Yerba Buena Cove. One of the ships that brought miners and adventurers—only to be abandoned at the dock—was the Balance. Its remains are buried beneath Balance Street, where it gave its name to its gravestone.
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Historical Period18th Century
Historical PlaceGov Building
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Year Placed1971
Placed ByUnited States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:00am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 552565 N 4183443
Decimal Degrees37.79685000, -122.40293333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.811', W 122° 24.176'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 48.6600" N, 122° 24' 10.5600" W
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Area Code(s)415, 925, 408
Can be seen from road?Yes
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 56 Gold St, San Francisco CA 94133, US
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