A plaque that marks the shoreline(!) where Captain John B. Montgomery of the US sloop-of-war "Portsmouth," came ashore to plant the U.S. flag. July 9, 1846.
Why It's Interesting
The shoreline once ran along Montgomery St. in San Fransisco. The northeast corner of San Fransisco, once Yerba Buena Cove, is now land made from hundreds of abandoned ships! The ships were abandoned by captains and crews as soon as they reached San Fransisco - everybody scattered to find gold. Abandoned ships littered the cove. Some ships were used as warehouses, hotels, and even jails, but most of them were purposely sunk to make more land for the ever-growing population of the forty-niners.
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