South Beach and the South End Historic Warehouse District

Neighborhood: South Beach


Before it became a chic, trendy place to spend a night out — South Beach was known as Steamboat Point, a vast home to boatyards, warehouses and plenty of fishing. Most notably, it was also the headquarters of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. The PMSC played a vital role in the development of the city: it was the first trans-Pacific service to provide a link between the US and Asia, jumpstarting the massive East-West trade that would dominate the century. Japanese immigrants boarded the steamers in droves. Chinese immigrants — many of whom would heroically construct the trans-continental railroad — joined them.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of one of San Francisco’s most under-appreciated neighborhoods. See the remnants of historic brick warehouses and industrial buildings — including more than a half-dozen structures that withstood the 1906 earthquake. We’ll examine the area’s rail-roading history and find other fascinating nuggets: including an important Chinese fishing village from the 1850s and dockworkers’ waterfront restaurants — as well as the artist would adorns them. Come and join us for a stroll through one of the most picturesque settings in the city.

Next Tours

    None scheduled in next 60 days


    Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours


    Meet on the corner of Brannan Street and Embarcadero (by the Delancey Street Restaurant awning).

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