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Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf is a popular neighborhood and tourist area in San Francisco, California. The area includes a number of attractions including Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Musee Mecanique, many seafood restaurants, and ferry rides to Alcatraz.

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San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf (CA) (Images of America)

By Alessandro Baccari Jr.

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2006-07-03
Paperback (168 pages)

San Francisco s Fisherman s Wharf (CA) (Images of America)
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Fisherman's Wharf is San Francisco's top tourist destination, but its history is much richer and more important than today's quaint attractions suggest. Indeed, many of these well-known sights were developed only in the last few decades. The early wharf, originally known as Meigg's Wharf, was once the main port of entry to San Francisco and an extremely industrious place. Lumber, food, and immigrants all arrived here, and railroads came right to the water's edge to pick up building supplies for the rapidly growing city. Hardworking fishermen, both Chinese and Italian (who were often accompanied by their wives), set out to make a living by catching fish and crab in small vessels built at the wharf.

A Walking Tour of San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf (Look Up, America!)

By Doug Gelbert

Released: 2012-06-15
Kindle Edition (28 pages)

A Walking Tour of San Francisco - Fisherman s Wharf (Look Up, America!)
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There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour is ready to explore when you are.

Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.

Today Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the busiest and well-known tourist destinations in the United States, packed with seafood restaurants, shops, sidewalk entertainment and dockside attractions. But this element has only defined Fisherman’s Wharf for a few decades. Also here is an active fishing fleet that has been the lifeblood of San Francisco’s northern shore for the better part of a century-and-a-half.

Immigrants from Genoa and Sicily pioneered the San Francisco fishing industry in small, sail-powered craft called feluccas. The bay was stuffed with these traditional Italian fishing vessels until the end of the 1800s when they began to be replaced with hardier, more modern fishing boats with motors that permitted year-round fishing. When they brought their catch to the docks often they would drop fresh seafood directly into boiling cauldrons for diners. Later came fish stands and then it-down restaurants. Some of the fleets operating out of Fisherman’s Wharf are manned by third- and fourth-generation family fishermen.

The prize quarry for Fisherman’s Wharf fishermen is the Dungeness crab that takes its name from the port of Dungeness, Washington and is the West Coast’s most commercially important crustacean. A century ago the Dungeness crab, which can grow 8-10 inches across, was gathered in abundance on the sandy shores around San Francisco Bay but over the years as its natural food, clams, disappeared from the Bay and the crab has migrated into deeper ocean waters. Today crab season does not open until November with an eagerly anticipated celebration along Fisherman’s Wharf.

But there is plenty to see on Fisherman’s Wharf any time of year. Our walking tour will begin at the eastern end of the wharf district and work our way west, towards the Golden Gate, hugging the historic waterfront as we go...

The Food of Fisherman's Wharf: Cooking and Feasting from San Francisco to Monterey

By A. K. Crump

Brand: TCB Cafe Publishing
Paperback (192 pages)

The Food of Fisherman s Wharf: Cooking and Feasting from San Francisco to Monterey
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Fisherman's Wharf is an eclectic confluence of cultures, entertainment, and people. Its attractions include everything from a wax museum to an aquarium to historic landmarks like Ghirardelli Square, but it's the restaurants featuring fresh seafood dishes from around the world that have made this a must-see destination for over a century. The Food of Fisherman's Wharf provides an easy-to-use guide that navigates through the hundreds of restaurants on Fisherman's Wharf and beyond—all the way from Tiburon in Marin to Monterey Bay. Two hundred color photos capture the charm and atmosphere of the restaurants, while recipes compiled from top chefs offer both a preview of the restaurants and a permanent doggy bag.

"Crab is King": The Colorful Stories and the Fascinating History of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Also Some Favorite Wharf Recipes

By Bernard Averbuch

Mabuhay Pub. Co
Paperback (190 pages)

"Crab is King": The Colorful Stories and the Fascinating History of Fisherman s Wharf in San Francisco. Also Some Favorite Wharf Recipes
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Here for the first time are fascinating stories and the history of colorful Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco that has made this interesting spot world renowned. Here is the full story of the wreck of the Rio de Janeiro, Abe Warner's "Cobweb Palace," Kit Carson's invasion and Barney Gould's showboat, and the DiMaggio family. Here are stories of such famed Wharf spots as Alcatraz Island, the Maritime Museum, the Balclutha, Benny Bufano's statue, Ghirardelli Square, the Cannery and so many others. ... Read about the Italians, the Chinese, Enrico Caruso, Jack London, and the others who helped make the Wharf famous. Read about the Wharf's problems in World War II. Here also are the favorite recipes that have delighted the appetites of so many Wharf visitors in San Francisco.


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