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Posted by Ron Filion on Friday, July 29, 2005 at 17:25:22 :

In Reply to: China Beach origin posted by John Martini on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 19:43:19 :

Well, this doesn't answer your question. But, here's some interesting info I found so far:

* It was also called James D. Phelan Beach State Park.

* It was referred to as "China Cove" in a 1929 article.

* In a 1916 Sea Cliff "brochure" it refers to China Beach as part of Baker's Beach. But it also states that "an interesting note" about Sea Cliff is that "No Oriental or Ethiopian can own property [there]."

* I checked various historical encyclopedias (by Bancroft, Hittel, Eldredge) and didn't seen any references to China Beach or Baker/Baker's Beach.

* Maps from 1852, 1861 (though Baker is marked in the general area), 1869, 1873, 1874, 1890, 1895, 1899, do not indicate China Beach or Baker Beach. The 1905 does indicate Baker Beach as we now know it. In 1915, Baker Beach extended further west to include China Beach. In 1926, Sea Cliff is now prominent. In 1947, 1950, 1956, 1968, it is referred to as James D. Phelan Beach State Park. In 1993 and 1995 it is referred to as China Beach.

* An 1868 and 1875 Bird's eye views of San Francisco, desn't show any activity around China Beach.

* The Sea Cliff area was part of the "Baker Tract" which was owned by Mrs. Maria Baker, widow of J.H. Baker. It was confirmed in Outside Lands Act, 13 October 1873.


David Rumsey Map Collection <http://www.davidrumsey.com/gis/sanfran.htm>, July 2005

Historical Topographic Maps of California-San Francisco Bay Area <http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/histopo/>, July 2005

Bird's eye view of San Francisco, 1868, Drawn by George H. Goddard. Lith. Britton & Rey. <http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g4364s+pm000350))>, July 2005

Graphic chart of the city and county of San Francisco respectfully dedicated to the leading interests of California and the Pacific coast, Rev. & drawn by L. R. Townsend, E. Wyneken & J. Mendenhall, Apr. 1875. <http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g4364s+pm000360))>, July 2005

Birdseye view of San Francisco and surrounding country. Drawn by G. H. Goddard, c.e. Lith. Britton, Rey & Co., 1876 <http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g4364s+pm000370))>, July 2005.

The Municipal Record, December 1929, page 14. (SF Public Library Vertical Files)

Homes & Grounds, Sea Cliff, A Residential Park, October 1916. (SF Public Library Vertical Files)

Memorandum Regarding Sea Cliff, author unknown, 20 June 1989. (SF Public Library Vertical Files)

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