The story of San Francisco is largely the story of its water front. For years all the city's traffic passed up and down the long wooden wharves, sagging with business houses that ranged from saloons to banks. Many of the old ships lie buried now beneath dry land. Above the level of the tides that once lapped the pilings, streetcars thunder. Even old East Street, last of the water-front thoroughfares, has gone the way of the sailing vessels which once thrust proud figureheads above the wharves' wooden bulkheads. Around the Peninsula's edge, from Fisherman's Wharf to China Basin, sweeps the paved crescent of the 200-foot-wide Embarcadero, lined with immense concrete piers. Where the four-masters and square-riggers once disembarked, cargo-ships and luxury liners rest alongside vast warehouses, unloading their goods from all the corners of the earth.
California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.