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California Historical Landmark 84
Rincon Hill
Bryant Street and Rincon Alley

California Historical Landmark #84: Rincon Hill
California Historical Landmark #84: Rincon Hill
8 February 2004
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Rincon Hill

A fashionable neighborhood in the 1880's, Rincon Hill was the home of William Tecumseh Sherman, William C. Ralston, William Gwin, H.H. Bancroft and others. By the 1880's the hill, already partially leveled, became a working class district. Today it is nearly invisible beneath the Bay Bridge. This plaques is mounted on the retaining wall of St. Mary's Hospital, built in 1861 but destroyed in the fire of 1906.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 84

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Yerba Buena Chapter of E Clampus Vitus and Charles Albert Shumate, April 18, 1981.

Looking North From Rincon Hill in 1875
Looking North From Rincon Hill in 1875

Second & Folsom Sts. looking northeast toward Telegraph Hill. Octagonal house, foreground. Ca. 1875. (Rincon Hill was really dubbed "Nob Hill" first, on account of the Nabobs, but of course they went over to Nob Hill later on.)

Photograph and caption courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library.

1875 Photograph of Rincon Hill Residence
Rincon Hill in 1875
Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

San Francisco Bay Bridge and One Rincon Hill
San Francisco Bay Bridge and One Rincon Hill
26 April 2009
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The western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge is anchored to Rincon Hill. Construction on the bridge began on 9 July 1933, and the bridge opened to traffic on 12 November 1936.

Construction of One Rincon Hill began on 10 November 2005 after the 1955 clock tower building - visible in the first photograph on this page - was razed.

Like the Transamerica Pyramid, One Rincon Hill stands free of other skyscrapers, and both buildings can be seen from many vantages in San Francisco, not always to good effect. Both buildings appear at their best when viewed from a boat in the San Francisco Bay.

During construction, when the land around Rincon Alley was regraded, the plaque was removed and not replaced.

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
Camino of Rancho San Antonio, Oakland
Chevra Kaddisha Cemetery, Sacramento
China Slough Site, Sacramento
Condemned Bar, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Crabtree (Lotta) Home, Grass Valley
Crocker Gallery, Sacramento
Croll Building, Oakland
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
Grange Hall Site, El Dorado County

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
Marshall's Blacksmith Shop, Kelsey

Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Mills Bank Building, Sacramento
Montez (Lola) Home, Grass Valley
Montgomery Hill, San Jose
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
Peralta Hacienda, Oakland

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
State Indian Museum, 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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