Events of 1859



  • James Curtis successfully gets reprieves for several Vigillante Cmte members convicted of violent crimes, and immediately hires them into the SFPD.
  • San Francisco will get gaslights on its major streets, thanks to Peter Donahue’s new “Union Gas Works” located at Potrero Point.
  • Two major projects were not approved – expanding public water service south of Market Street, and rezoning to reduce fire and health hazards on Semaphore Hill. Mayor Burr is quite unhappy (and unpopular) as both were considered easy wins.

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Events of 1859

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