Alleyways in Chinatown

Alleyways in Chinatown (HM1D6Y)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94108 San Francisco County
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N 37° 47.742', W 122° 24.446'

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Ross Alley

Alleyways in Chinatown were created during the early settlement of Chinese in the late 1870's. During that period, the rapidly-growing community was restricted by anti-Chinese sentiment to a six block area behind the back streets of the Barbary Coast. To maximize space within the confines of its boundary, the community created a maze of secondary streets and pedestrian walkways.

Ross Alley is located in the center of this maze. The alley is a narrow passage running between Washington and Jackson Streets. Ross is actually an extension of Spofford Alley in many ways. In the past, both alleyways were infamous as a place for gambling and prostitution. Ross is known as "Gau Leuie Sung Hong" (Old Spanish Alley) because of the many latins (sic) that patronized the area. Today there are both residences and commercial establishments in the densely built-up alleyway which continues to function as a major artery for pedestrians.
HM NumberHM1D6Y
Placed ByRoss Alley Improvement Associations Chinatown Neighborhood Improvement Resource Center & Chinatown Better Parks and Recreation Committee
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 11:35am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 552170 N 4183313
Decimal Degrees37.79570000, -122.40743333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.742', W 122° 24.446'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 44.52" N, 122° 24' 26.76" W
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Area Code(s)415, 925, 650, 510
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 43 Ross Alley, San Francisco CA 94108, US
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