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Archaeology
of a
San Francisco Neighborhood

This Web site was funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

It was created by Anthropological Studies Center (ASC).

Explore the Neighborhood

Today, the area to the south of Market Street in San Francisco - known simply as "South of Market" - is a maze of apartments, offices, shops and industry. In the Gold Rush years it was a wilderness of sand dunes and marshland that lay on the fringes of San Francisco. As industries were attracted to its springs, creeks and bay shore, the area began to grow. Sand dunes were leveled, low spots filled, and people, many of them immigrants, came looking for housing and work. In 1906, the Great San Francisco Earthquake and fire leveled almost every building. Today, archaeologists work to uncover the neighborhood, and learn about the people who lived there.

 

Directions to the Neighborhood

See the location of San Francisco and the South of Market area. more...

Examine a detailed map of the South of Market area. more...


 

 

 

 Courtesy of San Francisco Public LibraryThe Neighborhood Through Time

Where tidal marshes once lay, now cars fly along the Interstate 80 freeway. Take a trip through the South of Market neighborhood, learn its history and see how it's changed. more...

 



 

 

Meet the People

The South of Market neighborhood has always been home to San Francisco's migrant communities. Come and meet the people, some of them wealthy, many of them barely getting by, who in the nineteenth century called these neighborhood blocks their home. more...

 


 


 

Courtesy of California Historical SocietyIn the Schoolyard

Learn about the history and archaeology of the famous Silver Street Kindergarten, the first free kindergarten west of the Rocky Mountains. more...

 

 

 

 


Watch this space for upcoming insights into the history and archaeology of the South of Market Neighborhood...


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