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California Historical Landmark 328
Site of Long Wharf AKA Central Wharf
Commercial Street From Leidesdorff East
Financial District
Built 1848

Long Wharf Site

In the spring of 1848, the old Central or Long Wharf was built 'from the bank in the middle of the block between Sacramento and Clay Streets, where Leidesdorff Street now is, 800 feet into the Bay.' After 1850 it was extended 2,000 feet and the Pacific mail steamers and other large vessels anchored there. Central or Long Wharf is now Commercial Street.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation


View of San Francisco from Telegraph Hill April 1850
View of San Francisco from Telegraph Hill April 1850
Hand-colored lithograph on paper by William B. McMurtrie,
draughtsman of the U. S. Surveying Expedition

Miners and goats overlooking structures and tents above the harbor, including a key to nine locations:

Clarkes Point, Rincon Point, Happy Valley, Long Wharf, Pacific Street Wharf, Apollo Warehouse, Niantic Warehouse, Sansome Street, Portsmouth Square.

[Courtesy Stanford Digital Repository]


We were unable to locate a commemorative marker for Long Wharf.

Some Missing California Plaques

When we visited the following sites, we were unable to locate a California commemorative plaque.

At some sites, it appeared that a California plaque had never been erected. At other sites, there was a base, but the plaque itself was missing. Some sites without California plaques had other historic markers, but they did not note that the site is a California Historical Landmark.

Adams and Company Building, Sacramento
Bear Valley, Mariposa County
Big Bar, Amador and Calaveras Counties
Birthplace of Freemasonry in California , San Francisco
Booth Home Site, Sacramento
Brown Home, Red Bluff

Bloody Point, Modoc County
Bonner Grade, Modoc County
Brannan House, Sacramento
Butte Store, Amador County
California Star Newspaper Site, San Francisco

Chevra Kaddisha Cemetery, Sacramento
China Slough Site, Sacramento
Condemned Bar, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Crabtree (Lotta) Home, Grass Valley
Crocker Gallery, Sacramento

Donner Monument, Truckee
Douglas Flat, Calaveras County
Eagle Theatre, Sacramento
Ebbetts Pass, Alpine County
Ebner's Hotel, Sacramento

Evans and Bailey Fight, Modoc County
Fort Janesville, Lassen County
Frémont's Camp, Modoc County
Frog Woman Rock, Mendocino County
Giant Powder Company Site, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and Marin Counties
Hornitos, Mariposa County
Irishtown, Amador County
Jackson Gate, Amador County
Kirkwood's, Amador County

Lady Adams Building, Sacramento
Laurel Hill Cemetery Site, San Francisco
Long Wharf Site, San Francisco
Maiden's Grave, El Dorado National Forest
Marklee's Cabin Site, Markleeville

Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Mills Bank Building, Sacramento
Montez (Lola) Home, Grass Valley
Negro Hill, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Old Emigrant Trail, Modoc National Forest

Orleans Hotel Site, Sacramento
Overton Building, Sacramento
Parrott Block Site, San Francisco
Pioneer Hall, Jackson
Plymouth Trading Post, Plymouth

Pony Express Remount Station, Woodfords
Portolá Camp October 24-26, 1769), San Gregorio State Beach
Portolá Camp October 28-29, 1769), Half Moon Bay
Rincon Hill, San Francisco
Sacramento Bee Building, Sacramento

Sacramento Union Site, Sacramento
Sailing Launch Comet, Lathrop
Salmon Falls, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
San Joaquin City Site, Tracy
Smartsville, Yuba County

Stage Coach and Railroad, Sacramento
Stone Corral, Calaveras County
Studebaker's Shop, Placerville
Sutter Creek, Amador County
Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

Transcontinental Railroad, Lathrop
Willms Ranch, Knights Ferry
Valley Springs, Calaveras County
Western Hotel, Sacramento

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