Boom & Bust

Neighborhood: Financial District


Money makes the world go round and it also makes San Francisco go up and down. On this fun and thought-provoking walk, you’ll learn about the many forms that money and finance have taken from before the Gold Rush to the tech-centric present. Immense wealth, total ruin, disruptive innovation, and social unrest – come learn what makes this city boom and bust by walking in the footsteps of the characters who made and sometimes lost fortunes here.

Next Tours

  • Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 pm given by Paul S.Sign Up
  • Saturday, July 6 at 1:00 pm given by Eric F.Sign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours



We start at Empire Park, located at 642 Commercial Street, between Montgomery and Kearney. Please note that the 600 block of Commercial Street has been renamed Emperor Norton Place.

Empire Park is approximately a 9 minute walk from the Montgomery BART and Muni station.


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Please note: Private group tours required for groups of 8 or more.