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Re: Bancroft Ave. and Alvord St.: Did it Exist?

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Posted by Ron Filion on Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 16:04:14 :

In Reply to: Bancroft Ave. and Alvord St.: Did it Exist? posted by N/A on Monday, June 27, 2005 at 20:44:48 :

San Francisco has a history of selling "water lots." That is, lots that exist in the water with the plan to fill it in later. This worked well with the financial district. You can easily find maps with plotted streets and lots which now still exist only in the water.

I checked the 1910 City Directory and the streets listed:

Alvord [street], from Evans Av S W to County Line
Boalt [street], from Third Av S to County Line
Bancroft Avenue, from Water Front, N W to Thornton Av
Carroll Avenue, from County Line N W to Thornton Av

Looking at a 1907 map, and assuming that G, H, and I streets are Griffiths, Hawes and Ingalls, it appears that the lots were in the water. The map shows what appears to be an existing shoreline for the area (otherwise, the old shorelines would show for downtown).

1907 Map: http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/history/1907m/hm07.htm
1910 Directory: http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/history/hd910n.htm

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