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San Francisco Trivia Quiz: A Name In Full appendix

By Dave Schweisguth (email: dave at schweisguth dot org)

Last updated June 16, 2017

 

This list includes every street in San Francisco which has the full name of the person it commemorates. Namesakes (where known) and locations are given for streets which are neither listed in Louis Lowenstein's Streets of San Francisco nor in the main article. Please note that sources differ on whether some streets are called "street", "alley", "way" etc.; the names given here are those used in map data published by the San Francisco Department of Public Works.

 

Adolph Sutro Court. Named for the twenty-first mayor of San Francisco. Near the top of Mt. Sutro, off Johnstone Drive.

Al Scoma Way. Named in 2001 for the owner of Scoma's Restaurant. On Pier 47, the location of the restaurant, which is numbered 1965 for the year it was founded.

Alice B. Toklas Place. Named for the companion of Gertrude Stein. Formerly Myrtle Street. Immediately south of Geary between Van Ness and Larkin.

Ambrose Bierce Street1

Annie Larsen Lane2

Arelious Walker Drive. Named for the pastor and community activist. Just north of Candlestick Park.

Bernice Rodgers Way. Connects John F. Kennedy Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive west of Chain of Lakes Drive.

Bertie Minor Lane2

Bill Walsh Way. Named for the Giants coach. Formerly Giants Drive. Separates Candlestick Park from Gilman Playground.

Bob Kaufman Alley1

Bret Harte Terrace

Cesar Chavez Street

Charles J. Brenham Place. See main article.

Cleo Rand Avenue. Named for the 1970's activist, a founder of the Chocolate City youth program. Just outside the Hunters Point Naval Reservation.

Colin P. Kelly Jr. Street. See main article.

Cyril Magnin Street

Daniel Burnham Court. Named for the Chicago architect and author of the famous, although largely unimplemented, Burnham Plan for San Francisco. Between Van Ness, Post, Franklin and Sutter.

Dashiell Hammett Street1

Dirk Dirksen Place. Named for the punk rock promoter and Mabuhay Gardens emcee. Formerly Rowland Street. South of Broadway between Kearny and Montgomery.

Donaldina Cameron Alley. Named in 2013 for the Presbyterian missionary who rescued thousands of young women from prostitution around the turn of the last century. Formerly Old Chinatown Lane.3

Don Chee Way. Named for the man who oversaw the building of the F Market streetcar line. The southeastern border of Justin Herman Plaza.

Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Named for the physician, publisher of the Sun-Reporter, and civil rights activist. The section of Polk Street which adjoins City Hall.

Dr. Tom Waddell Place. Named in 2014 for the founder of the Gay Olympics. Formerly Lech Walesa Street (also a fully named street). Renamed after Lech Walesa said that gay people should not hold prominent political positions.

Enid Ng Lim Alley. Named in 2013 for an active citizen of Chinatown who worked on behalf of and then lived in the nearby On Lok senior housing. Formerly Bartol Street.3

Frank Norris Street1. See main article.

Gene Compton's Cafeteria Way. The 100 block of Taylor Street. Named not for the individual, but for that block's location of his chain of cafeterias, where transgender customers picketed and rioted in 1966 when staff called the police on them.3

Gene Friend Way. Named for a prominent San Francisco businessman and philanthropist, not for the biotechnology which is the focus of the UCSF Mission Bay campus where the street is located.

Harold 'Bud' Moose Lane. Named in 2013 for the builder of the adjacent Hilton hotel. Formerly Merchant Street.3

Helen Macintosh Lane.3 Namesake unknown. A one-lane alley connecting 4th Street (between Folsom and Harrison) to Tandang Sora Street.

Henry Adams Street

Herb Caen Way... Named, of course, for San Francisco's beloved columnist. The Bay-side sidewalk of the Embarcadero. This is the only street in San Francisco whose name, unabbreviated, doesn't end in a letter.3

Isadora Duncan Lane1

Jack Balestreri Way. Named for the Golden Gate Bridge concrete worker who built the stairway that now bears his name, on Carolina Street between 19th & 20th. He was the longest-surviving Golden Gate Bridge worker until he died in 2012 at age 95.

Jack Kerouac Alley1

Jack London Alley1

Jack Micheline Alley. Named for the Beat-generation (but not, he said, Beat) poet. West of Grant between Filbert and Greenwich. Formerly Pardee Alley.

Joe Mazzola Place. Named in 1996 for the business manager of Plumbers and Pipefitters' Union Local 38. The area in front of 1621 Market Street, the Local 38 offices.3

John F. Kennedy Drive

John F. Shelley Drive. Listed in Lowenstein under "Shelley".

John Maher Street. Named for the founder of the Delancey Street halfway house. Between Front, Green, Battery and Union.

John Muir Drive

José Sarria Court. Named for the drag queen and activist. The stretch of 16th Street between Prosper and Pond Streets, near Market Street.

Juan Bautista Circle

Junipero Serra Boulevard

Kenneth Rexroth Place1

Lottie Bennett Lane2

Mark Twain Lane1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

Milton I. Ross Street. According to the plaque in the median on Jerrold at Toland, Mr. Ross was the head of the Produce Merchants Negotiating Committee when the new produce terminal was built in 1963. In the north Bayview northeast of the intersection mentioned.

Nancy Pelosi Drive. Named in 2012 for the San Francisco congresswoman and Speaker of the House to honor her 25th year in office. South of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Formerly Middle Drive East.

Nelson Rising Lane. Named for the then-CEO of Catellus Development Corporation. Another small street in UCSF Mission Bay east of 3rd Street.

Officer James W. Bloesch Road.3 Named for a San Francisco police officer who was accidentally shot and killed by another officer at the police stables in Golden Gate Park in 1988. The road that connects the stables and fly fishing ponds to John F. Kennedy Drive.

Peter Sammon Way. Named in 2003 for the 32-year pastor of St. Teresa's Church. The stretch of 19th St. in front of his church, between Connecticut and Missouri.3

Peter Yorke Way. See main article.

Reverend Cecil Williams Way. Named on August 18, 2013 for the pastor of Glide Memorial Church. The block of Ellis Street next to the church, between Taylor and Jones.

Richard Henry Dana Place1

Robert Kirk Lane

Rosa Parks Lane. Named for the civil rights activist. In the Valencia Gardens public housing development, between Valencia, Guerrero, 14th and 15th Streets.

Rose Pak's Way. Named in 2016 for the Chinatown political gatekeeper, who always got hers. Off the south side of Jackson between Stone and Stockton. Numbered starting at lucky 888. Formerly James Alley.3

Rosie Lee Lane

Sgt. John V. Young Lane

Terry A. Francois Boulevard

Thomas Mellon Drive and Circle

Thomas More Way

Timothy Pflueger Place. Named in 2008 for the architect of several downtown skyscrapers and movie palaces throughout SF and elsewhere. Off the south side of Bush between Stockton and Powell, abutting Pflueger's 450 Sutter Street. Formerly Chelsea Place.

Turk Murphy Lane. Named for the trad-jazz trombonist. Between Broadway, Powell, Vallejo and Stockton.

Vernon Alley. See main article.3

Vicki Mar Lane. Named in 2014, delightfully, for transvestite performer Vicki Marlane. The 100 block of Turk Street.3

Walter U. Lum Place. See main article.

Whitney Young Circle

William Saroyan Place1

Willie B. Kennedy Drive. Ms. Kennedy was a city supervisor from 1981 to 1996. South of Hudson Avenue on Hunter's Point Ridge.

Willie Mays Plaza. Named in 2000 for the Giants' superstar player. The stretch of King Street in front of AT&T Park.3

 

Tandang Sora Street, between 3rd, 4th, Folsom and Harrison, is named for the Filipina revolutionary Melchora Aquino, but does not bear her full name; "Tandang Sora" is an epithet referring to her advanced age (84) at the time of the Phillipine Revolution.

 

1Following a proposal by poet and founder of City Lights Books Lawrence Ferlinghetti, on January 25, 1988, twelve San Francisco streets or parts of streets were renamed for artists and writers. Eleven are listed above; the twelfth, Via Bufano, was named for Beniamino Bufano. Ferlinghetti had also proposed renaming Nobles Alley in North Beach for Richard Brautigan, but the residents of Nobles Alley objected. Ferlinghetti got his own street, Via Ferlinghetti, in 1994, but, like Bufano, didn't get a place on this list.

 

2All three of these streets in the St. Francis Square housing project, which was founded by the ILWU, are named not after individuals, but ships which were themselves named after individuals.

 

3These streets are signed (whether by the DPW or not) and appear on some maps, but do not appear in DPW mapping data so may not have the same official status as the other streets listed. Most of these names are honorary, meaning that they did not replace the previous names but augmented them, and are not registered with the U.S. Post Office.


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