Wednesday, 08 August 2012
Tales From the Barbary Coast
By Shotgun Wedding Quintet
Time has a way of passing. From this to that. Time has a way of changing things, lessening the blow so our humanity can kick in. Time needs that space to process and reconsider or set our convictions. Time can be a rascal, eh? When events become history we tend to open our minds to a larger view?
Then: Quote from Benjamin Estelle Lloyd - 1876
"The Barbary Coast is the haunt of the low and the vile of every kind. The petty thief, the house burglar, the tramp, the whoremonger, lewd women, cutthroats, murderers, all are found here. Dance-halls and concert-saloons, where blear-eyed men and faded women drink vile liquor, smoke offensive tobacco, engage in vulgar conduct, sing obscene songs and say and do everything to heap upon themselves more degradation, are numerous. Low gambling houses, thronged with riot-loving rowdies, in all stages of intoxication, are there. Opium dens, where heathen Chinese and God-forsaken men and women are sprawled in miscellaneous confusion, disgustingly drowsy or completely overcome, are there. Licentiousness, debauchery, pollution, loathsome disease, insanity from dissipation, misery, poverty, wealth, profanity, blasphemy, and death, are there. And Hell, yawning to receive the putrid mass, is there also."
Trail Markers for the Barbary Coast
The trail is designated by 170 bronze medallions and arrows embedded in the sidewalk.
• Birthplace of the Gold Rush
• Largest collection of historic ships in the U.S.
• Pony Express Headquarters site
• WWII submarine
• First Asian temple in the U.S.
• Barbary Coast-era shanghaiing den
• Old Mint, once the “Fort Knox of the West”
• Gold Rush-era buildings
• Oldest Catholic cathedral west of the Rockies
• Gold Rush Museum, featuring stagecoaches and Gold Rush mining implements
• Mansion built by Silver King James C. Flood
• Hyde-Powell Cable Car Line
No warning about meeting Hell on the tour.
Time has a way of passing.