Boom & Bust

Neighborhood: Financial District


Since the days of the Gold Rush, San Francisco has had the reputation of being a city of booms and busts.  This has been a place where you could strike it rich, but it’s also been a place where you could lose it all.  On this tour you will follow the development of San Francisco from a remote trading outpost to a global hub for technology and finance.  Along the way you’ll hear stories about bold ventures and ill-fated schemes, banking panics and stock market antics, all as we walk through San Francisco’s financial district.

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  • Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm given by Paul S.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.