San Francisco History

Indian Cemeteries

Dates of Existence: unknown
Locations: Bush and Battery; and, Market street, between 7th and 8th streets
Number interred: unknown
EXHUMATION OF BONES.—Yesterday afternoon, as the steam paddy was at work pursuing its usual excavation in the rear of the Oriental [Hotel, at Bush and Battery sts, which was along the original waterline], the shovel scraped out two skulls, and a number of bones. They were just lying in a black soil, partially calcareous, about seven feet below the surface. There was no remnant of a coffin, and the bones appeared to be very old. From the shape of the skulls they were supposed to be those of Indians, which have been probably lying in the earth a long time.

Source: Daily Alta California, 28 June 1851.

In 1969, A 24-26 year old woman was found at the excavation of the Civic Center BART station (located under Market street between 7th and 8th streets).

Source: Buried Human Bones at the 'BART' Site San Francisco. California Geology. September 1972. 208-209.


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