irish hill, san francisco

Several Irish gangs cropped up and crime was rampant, but, as the Dogpatch became more industrialized, residents moved west onto Potrero Hill. In addition to the famous hills (Telegraph, Nob, Russian, Twin Peaks) it pokes into less known hills (Gold Mine Hill, Irish Hill, Excelsior Heights). The small bay in the middle of the photo was filled in to provide land for Union Iron Works' Machine Shop (1883) and to extend 20th Street from today's Dogpatch to San Francisco Bay. Interviewed in 1946, Billy Carr, a sheriff’s deputy who grew up there said, “You went up on Irish Hill when you got off work and you never left it until morning.”. Because of the number of single men that lived there, most of Irish Hill’s businesses were private and public boarding houses, hotels, and, of course, saloons. Map: courtesy David Rumsey. (In fact the riot described above seems to have started with a small fire and charges of arson.) The San Quentin House, run by Jim Gately. The existence of families in the area contrasts with the common belief that the area was solely occupied by workers, saloon keepers, and hotel owners. Irish Hill (San Francisco) Irish Hill was a neighborhood in San Francisco near the intersection of 22nd Street and Illinois Avenue. Crammed together were about 60 … Irish Hill was a seven-block square, working-class neighborhood situated between Dogpatch and San Francisco Bay between the early 1860’s and 1918. This 1918 photo, courtesy San Francisco Maritime Research Center, was taken from the north side of 20th Street, mid-block, near the Bethlehem Steel Powerhouse. Because the working day was long and transportation poor, workers preferred to live within walking distance of their jobs, despite the noise and pollution of heavy industry. 1377 Fell St., 2nd Floor. Cash’s Hotel run by Jimmy Cole. Irish Hill, just east of Illinois Street, was a rough area with many boarding houses for factory workers. The sound of the shot brought Sergeant Bennett and Policemen Dan Rearden and Eastman to the scene, from the station around the corner [on 20th], and when they arrived there were from eighty to a hundred men engaged on the sidewalk and knee deep in the mud of the street, assaulting each other with clubs and sticks.". According to architectural historian Christopher VerPlanck. Compare, read reviews and book online. west by Illinois Street and east by San Francisco Bay. Photo: courtesy San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There was the case of a man who ‘went insane’ (code for ‘got very drunk’) and after a three day bender had to be pulled, naked and incoherent, out of the shallow mudflats, where he’d tried unsuccessfully to drown himself. A photo from 1918 (looking south from the corner of 20th and Illinois Streets) shows some of the small houses and boarding houses still intact. Note the "rope walk" at shore middle left. He made his fortune selling mining stocks and, according to rumors, won the Union Hotel in a card game. Billy Carr describes the rough and tumble of Irish Hill as lively and entertaining. Evidently, Irish Hill was rebuilt quickly after the fire, for the picture above shows the area less than a decade later. photo: Ralph Wilson. The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 201909510240. Their BuildZoom score of 106 ranks in the top 7% of 336,931 California licensed contractors. A major fire in November 1887 burned down over 30 structures. One reason cited is that the saloons served as breeding grounds for union organization (management was strongly anti-union). Barroom brawls were commonplace, but stranger events took place too. The losers bought the winners five-cent steam beers at Boyles’ popular saloon. Irish Hills Hamlet has rental units ranging from 750-1025 sq ft starting at $1600. He may have been too young to remember the roughest days of Irish Hill history in the late 1880s, when tough men like Frank McManus, "King of the Potrero," and the Welsh brothers fought bloody gang wars in the area. Ours is a city known for its hills, our beloved Potrero being one of them. Brutal Murder on the Water Front. Despite its noise and pollution, poor immigrants settled on Irish Hill because of its proximity to the industries that hired them. View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place. 'This 1937 aerial shot of Pier 70 shows the last portion of Irish Hill before it was leveled (lower right). At the southern end, several boarding houses, saloons and sixty cottages overlooked the Union Iron Works from the 90’ hill on Sierra (22nd) Street between Georgia and Maryland Streets. Once leveled, from a 90' elevation to just above sea level, this area of flat land (along with the land created by the razing of the buildings to the immediate left and the immediate right of the hill) became home to Bethlehem Steel's Building 2 (a warehouse) and Building 16 (a plate shop). Irish Hill can never rise out of the ashes, like the phoenix on our City’s flag, but as part of the Union Iron Works Historical District, it can be preserved by the developers of Pier 70, so that the history of Irish Hill, the only visible reminder of whose existence is a lonely clump of rock topped with wild fennel, can be shared with all San Franciscans. In 1946 Billy Carr, a sheriff’s deputy who had been raised in Irish Hill, provided a colorful description of the scene: In the early eighties it was mostly all hotels on Irish Hill. The Green House, run by Mike Farrell. These buildings, many of them derelict, would be razed within months of when this photo was taken. Irish Hill ca. This home was built in 1907 and last sold on 10/26/2010 for $925,000. It has been said that the management of the nearby companies, such as Irving Scott of the Union Iron Works, were unhappy with the existence of the workers neighborhood adjacent to their plants and sought to clear them out. Stories of the alcohol-fueled mayhem were reported regularly in the newspapers. Because the working day was long and transportation poor, workers preferred to live within walking distance of their jobs, despite the noise and pollution of heavy industry. A Presentation About Local History Crossroads welcomes local educator and historian, Steven Fidel Herraiz, who will present a terrifically entertaining and historic multi-media retrospective of the notorious working class Irish neighborhood near San Francisco’s shipyards (c. 1860-1918). In order from west to east were: Michigan Street, Georgia Street, Louisiana Street, Maryland Street, and Delaware Street. Yet, however changed, each hill has retained its name, recognized by most San Franciscans, and at least some evidence of its residents. San Francisco Examiner, November 26, 1887. So, how can one visualize a neighborhood, with few photographs or visual markers, a neighborhood whose topography has been so dramatically altered, whose streets, buildings, and residents have disappeared nearly ninety-six years ago? Though 55% were of Irish descent, Scotch, German, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, and Norwegian people (and one Australian) called Irish Hill ‘home.’ And it was a hard life for these people too. There was widow Jane Jackson, who owned and operated a successful bakery on Irish Hill from 1885-1891. A newspaper account says that many of those left homeless by the fire were poor families. 2 of 14 Irish Hill is seen from the roof of the American Industrial Center on December 18, 2013 near Irish Hill in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco, Calif. Pete Kiehart/The Chronicle 3 of 14 The 2,140 sq. Irish Hill, a predominantly Irish working-class area, survived being wiped out by a fire in 1887, but was no match for San Francisco’s need for more dry ground and less marshland. BAE operates the Port’s ship repair facility. Eight or nine hundred people used to live there. All hills except for one, a mostly unknown hill that met its demise nearly a century ago, a hill we could have seen from Potrero Hill, looking east toward the Bay: Irish Hill, the Potrero’s lost neighborhood. Both Building 2 and Building 16 are still standing. Today, a parking lot occupies this site. In addition to riots and flying bullets, fire was always a real danger on Irish Hill. These Irish Hill battles came to be called "the Blue Mud Wars" (probably so-called because the serpentine rock caused the muddy streets to look bluish). Irish Hill, for instance, once in the vicinity of Potrero Hill, was essentially leveled. Within three months, these buildings would be razed. When her shop was destroyed in the 1887 fire, she moved across the street; eventually she opened a second bakery in another part of town. Founded by Irish immigrants in the 1860s, Irish Hill stretched from about Illinois and 20th streets to the San Francisco Bay. The threats of bodily harm (and more actual bodily harm) perpetrated by both sides, in addition to arson, thefts, and attempted murders, were reported regularly in the newspapers. Most Irish Hill residents were hard working, law-abiding citizens. Another photo from 1918 shows some of the businesses that occupied 20th Street, west of Illinois. These saloons, boarding houses and single family residences were on 22nd Street, which has since been excavated to just above the sea level. Irish Hill is the slope near bottom of map that reaches the bay at San Quentin Point on this map. The Irish came from Ireland, with a shaillalah stick and a bag on their shoulder, and a card telling them to go to work for the Pacific Rolling Mill. The Bethlehem Steel Administration Building (built in 1917, still standing) is on the left. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Veronica Nye and is located at 1588 Indiana Street Unit 7, San Francisco, CA 94107. The war went on for several years, its final battle taking place in 1892. Irish Hill Construction, Po, Orangevale, CA holds a General Building Contractor license according to the California license board. These buildings featured a saloon and restaurant on the ground floor, and hotel/boarding rooms upstairs. It rises gradually along Michigan Street (which no longer exists, but ran one block east of Illinois Street), between Shasta Street and Sierra Street. However, not all of Irish Hill’s residents were single men. Another poor soul died after a night of drinking and cards at a friend’s place, when he mistook the back door for the front door and fell off a cliff, landing on Illinois Street, 50’ feet below. Irish Hill was bounded on the north by Napa (20th) Street, south by Sierra (22nd) Street, It consisted of two separate areas: a district of approximately sixty shacks and cottages huddled on the crest of an outcropping of serpentine south of the shipyard and a compact district of approximately forty lodging houses on the flats surrounding the intersection of Illinois and 20th Streets. The Dutchmen came with work cards telling them to go to the sugar house (Western Sugar Refinery). If there was no work there, they’d go to the gas house (San Francisco Gas Light Company). Irish Hill was an area surrounding the industrial plants on Potrero Point where many of the Irish immigrant workers of the area lived, as well as a number of families that took in boarders. In them days, there was never a street paved. This photo was taken in 1918 from near 22nd and Michigan Streets, looking north toward downtown San Francisco. But in 1885, his housing and boozing monopoly was challenged by brothers Thomas and John Welsh, who brazenly opened not one, but two hotels with ground-floor saloons on Irish Hill, one of them directly behind McManus Union Hotel. It consisted of a population of about 800 people living in boarding houses, mostly working class Irish and their families, who worked in the … One of Pier 70’s warehouses, Building 12, and its parking lot, built in 1941, sit on excavated land that is actually 90’ below the intersection of 22nd (Sierra) Georgia Streets, one block from where Mike Boyles’ Steam Beer Dump hosted the bare-knuckle boxing matches on Saturday nights. A son got into a fistfight with his father, knocked the elder’s glass eye out, and stepped on it, smashing it to bits. Twelve hour work days at dangerous jobs, the loneliness of being separated from loved ones both here and abroad, and abject poverty made liquor a popular salve. Pier 70 Hill Subdistrict. List of hills in San Francisco This is a list of the hills of San Francisco, California. Most of Irish Hill’s streets were never paved, which made traveling them after a rainstorm particularly challenging. And if one wanted to get a job at the Union Iron Works, he would have to go through Frank McManus, stay at his Union Hotel, and drink at his saloon. Irish Hill was a solidly working-class district inhabited mostly by single Irish male immigrants. He started off as a ‘ship carpenter,’ in the mid-1870s opened his own grocery and liquor store, and eventually purchased several large corner lots. Phone (415) 557-1170 – Fax (415) 557-7375 Days and Hours Open. We know Shasta Street as 21st Street, Sierra Street as 22nd Street. At its highest elevation of 90’, it once connected to Potrero Hill. The war effort for the Second World War necessitated more of the decimation of Irish Hill, this time on a larger scale. Michigan Street was one block east and parallel to Illinois Street (where the utility poles are). If you wanted to go to Butchertown you walked a plank from Twenty-third Street to Arthur Avenue…But the war (First World War) came along, and the Government drove us off Irish Hill. Thanks to Sina Ghaemmaghami for his valuable research on Irish Hill, and to Peter Linenthal for locating the historical images. At the crest of Irish Hill at Sierra (22nd) and Maryland Streets, Mike Boyles’ Steam Beer Dump hosted bare-knuckle boxing matches in the intersection every Saturday night, pitting men from different hotels against each other. JACK THE RIPPER. One had to climb 98 steps to reach the upper part of Irish Hill. The San Francisco History Podcast. Irish Hill: The Potrero’s Lost Neighborhood. At its highest elevation of 90’, it once connected to Potrero Hill. Patrick McCormick lived and worked on Irish Hill almost as long as Irish Hill existed. The bitter rivalries, evidently tied to the competition for the workers' rent and saloon trade, were written up in florid prose in the newspapers of the day, like this report in the San Francisco Examiner: "J.C. Welsh asserts that McManus and his crowd came armed with knives and pistols and promptly proceeded to batter in his door, and when he went outside McManus confronted him with a pistol and fired point blank at his head [but missed]. photo: Ralph Wilson. Irish Hill was cleared, flattened, and used for fill by 1918. This Edweard Muybridge photo from 1862 was taken from near today's intersection of 19th and Illinois Streets looking southeast. 1890s) Note the Bethlehem Steel Machine Shop (1883) on the left, which is currently being rehabilitated as part of Pier 70's redevelopment. The buildings on the hill were Irish Hill's first settlement and date from the late 1850's. Cave Hill Cemetery is located directly south of Irish Hill. One could purchase alcohol at 25 of those businesses, in either saloons or ‘sealed package houses’ (liquor stores). The Irish Literary and Historical Society welcomes local historian Steven Fidel Herraiz who will discuss Irish Hill, a 1860-1918 Irish neighborhood near San Francisco’s shipyards. The foes and their supporters fought it out in the streets, knee-deep in the mud, wielding knives and clubs, and in at least one case, a gun. The company's mailing address is 1588 Indiana Street, … The Irish Hill Gang LLC is a California Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on April 2, 2019. http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Irish_Hill&oldid=31877. San Francisco, CA 94117-2296. 1859 USGS Coastal Survey Map showing Potrero Hill, Mission Bay (and Mission Rock out in the water), and the eastern part of the Mission District when there were two horse racing tracks occupying what is today all residential. See all available apartments for rent at Irish Hills Hamlet in San Luis Obispo, CA. Irish Hill disappeared after World War I, when industrialists bought the hill to expand their businesses. PROFESSES UTTER IGNORANCE, But the Police Believe They Have Without Doubt Captured the Guilty Man. Newspaper articles from 1887-1892 reported: By far, the most well-known resident of Irish Hill was Frank McManus, known citywide as the ‘King of the Potrero.’ Escaping the Irish potato famine, Frank and his younger brothers set off for San Francisco in 1865. These Irish Hill businesses, in order, left to right, were a saloon, a French laundry, and another saloon. Irish Hill, 20th Street businesses, 1918. photo: San Francisco Maritime Museum Library. Irish Hill is a neighborhood east of downtown Louisville, Kentucky USA. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00am till 5:00pm. Crossroads welcomed local educator and historian, Steven Fidel Herraiz, who presented a terrifically entertaining and historic multi-media retrospective of the notorious working class Irish neighborhood near San Francisco’s shipyards (c. 1860-1918). Below it was Dutchman’s Flat (Dogpatch) where Dutchmen from the old country lived. 1918. photo: San Francisco Maritime Museum Library. In the1850’s and 1860’s, heavy industries, drawn by Potrero Point’s inexpensive land,, relative distance from the City’s populace, access to rail lines, and deep waters just offshore, opened there: several blasting powder manufacturers, Tubbs Cordage (a rope manufacturer), the City Gas and Light Company, (which would later become PG&E), a whale and seal oil refinery, and the Pacific Rolling Mills, the first steel mill on the West Coast. It is now occupied by a storage rental company. Irish Hill was an area surrounding the industrial plants on Potrero Point where many of the Irish immigrant workers of the area lived, as well as a number of families that took in boarders. In 1889, Irish Hill’s seven square blocks housed 38 businesses. It is in the inner Highlands area of Louisville. The Supposed Murderer Is Safely in Custody. The next hill, that’s Russian Hill now (Potrero Hill), was Scotch Hill, where the Scotchmen lived. Then, in 1918, flush with cash from their prolific shipbuilding for WW1, Bethlehem Steel (formerly Union Iron Works) bought up the lots at 20th Street between Michigan and Illinois Streets to build a $130,000 concrete foundry building. Image of Irish Hill – San Francisco in the 1890s from the PIER 70 San Francisco website. Bethlehem Shipbuilding seems to have used the area along Illinois Street as parking. This may well be true, but reading the accounts of gang warfare and major fires suggests that the managers may have had many reasons to dislike the proximity of Irish Hill to their plants. You went through the mud to school. Millions of cubic yards of rock and soil were blasted and hauled away from the area surrounding 22nd, Street between Georgia and Maryland Streets (where the bare knuckle boxing matches were held in the 1880s). This photo from the 1890s shows Irish Hill with the Union Iron Works in the background. Site of Irish Hill businesses, now used as storage facility. Though it no longer exists, it was a main thoroughfare on Irish Hill. In fact, here’s Exhibit A on the pro-Frisco side, a song sung by thousands of ’49ers to the tune of Oh Susanna: 363 Arkansas St , San Francisco, CA 94107-2812 is currently not for sale. Several streets that no longer exist ran parallel to Illinois Street toward the Bay. The book refutes the notion that San Francisco was founded on Seven Hills, like Rome. This connection to the rest of San Francisco hastened the growth the large, developing industrial areas in the southeast part of San Francisco. Ship repair is one of the Port’s highest revenue maritime tenants and important to supporting San Francisco’s cruise terminal. The neighborhood’s reputation for drunken debauchery and crime was well known in late-19th century San Francisco. Yet despite being one of the biggest metropolises in the nation, it is a mere seven by seven miles of land, lying at the tip of the peninsula, between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Coast. Several cities claim to have been built on seven hills , "the Seven Hills of San Francisco" typically refers to: Telegraph Hill , Nob Hill , Russian Hill , Rincon Hill , Mount Sutro , Twin Peaks and Mount Davidson . The land was used as a parking lot, looking very much as it looks today. From A Street to Zoo Road, there are 2,659 official streets in San Francisco. In 1883, the Union Iron Works relocated to Potrero Point, its first buildings surrounded by the steep cliffs of Irish Hill on the north, south and west. In the background is the white office building of Bethlehem Steel. Handy connects you with Home Cleaning professionals near your address. He died two years later at the age of 57. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. The extension was never built. Prior lists. One fragment of Irish Hill remains, a craggy, shorn slope of blue serpentinite rock, visible from Illinois Street. Today it seems no one can agree on how to count our peaks, and therefore on the total number we possess. According to a sampling from the 1900 United States Census report, 35% of the adults (18 years of age and older) were women. It is bounded by Baxter Avenue to the west, Lexington Road to the north, the middle fork of Beargrass Creek and I-64 to the east. In 1894, when his favorite brother, Cornelius, was stabbed and killed in a bar fight at the Union Hotel, Frank McManus slowly drank himself to death. Veronica Nye is an Agent with The Irish Hill Gang LLC in California. ONE WOMAN’S AWFUL FATE. Then we’d all go in and knock off steam beers for a nickel a piece…. Most of these let rooms in their homes to the Irish workers. By the time the policemen of the Potrero Station arrived, Frank McManus had fired his gun at Thomas at point blank range, and missed. In 1946 Billy Carr, a sheriff’s deputy in South San Francisco who had been raised in Irish Hill, described the scene: In the early [eighteeen]-eighties it was mostly all hotels on Irish Hill. Zillow has 49 homes for sale in Potrero Hill San Francisco. The hill was leveled and dumped into the Bay. Browse and hire the best Home Cleaning in Irish Hill, San Francisco. How ironic that the industry that brought about the settlement of Irish Hill also brought about its destruction. & E. Remnant of Irish Hill today. Much of the hill itself must have been flattened in 1918, probably the last of the serpentine hills to be cleared and dumped in the bay. All that remains of Irish Hill today is a small rocky promontory near the intersection of Illinois and 22nd Streets. There was Paddy Kearns’ Hotel, and outside the gas house was Mike Boyle’s steam beer dump…, In them days we never went to Morosco’s (a vaudeville house on Mission Street)…the shows were much better on Irish Hill, where the boys from one hotel would challenge the boys from another hotel and fight all Saturday afternoon in a hayrope ring outside Gately’s Hotel. The death knells began pealing for Irish Hill as early as 1897, when the Union Iron Works acquired a 200’x200’ parcel of the hill just south of their foundry and began grading it to expand their operations. ft. single-family home is a 0 bed, bath property. Boarding houses, hotels, and many saloons fueled Irish Hill’s reputation as a rowdy, dangerous place to be, day or night.Very little has been known about this working-class neighborhood. photo: San Francisco Maritime Museum Library. It is a celebrated annual festival inviting the public to come together around inspired, creative, and relevant events regarding Irish and Irish-American history and culture. A portion of the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building can be seen on the upper right. THE IRISH HILL GANG LLC. The rumor was that the City named the streets of the Potrero and outer Mission after states, to ease the homesickness felt by the many recent arrivals to San Francisco from other states. 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