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Landmark 819
Site of Hudson's Bay Company Headquarters
505 Montgomery Street
Plaque In Commercial Street
1841
 
Site of Hudson's Bay Company Headquarters
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(The plaque is in Commercial Street mounted on a wall across the street from the United States Mint & Subtreasury, California Landmark 87.)

 

Hudson's Bay Company

On this block, then on Yerba Buena's waterfront, stood the California headquarters of the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1841 their chief trader, William G. Rae, purchased the property and started operations. This venture caused wide speculation about British intentions. Inadequate profits, a declining fur catch, and pressure of U.S. expansion caused Hudson's Bay Company to end its California operations.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 819

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Redwood Coast Outpost of the "Westerners," April 17, 1968.

 
 
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