Express – Gold Rush City

Neighborhood: Downtown


One of the remotest places on earth was transformed overnight into the center of world attention as hundreds of thousands abandoned home and family to travel for months by sea to San Francisco from every continent. When the 49ers finally arrived, they found an instant city like no other…where everyone had to strike deals daily to survive. Get a brief introduction to Gold Rush San Francisco as we glimpse a block and a half of saved buildings, and a few surviving artifacts. Hear descriptive nuggets from first-hand observers, and view illustrations including some of the earliest photographs. Learn about the California Code, and why so many “saw the elephant” in this first era of globalization.

Next Tours

  • Monday, February 13 at 12:00 pm given by Roger HoosonSign Up
  • Monday, February 20 at 12:00 pm given by Roger HoosonSign Up
  • Saturday, February 25 at 12:00 pm given by Roger HoosonSign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 1 Hour


Meet at 343 Sansome

Tour ends at Columbus and Montgomery Streets

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