Origin of Turk St.

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Does anyone know whom Turk St. is named after? Could it be a Frank Turk who may have migrated from New York? If so, I would appreciate any information about his background.

Thanks, David

-- David Block (david.block@schwab.com), June 23, 1999


Here's something from Loewenstein's "The Streets of San Francisco": "Lawyer Frank Turk came to S.F. in 1849 and worked in the post office for John W. Geary. At the first election of local officers in that same year, Turk was elected second alcalde (magistrate). He later became a clerk of the town council. At one time, Turk owned nearly all of what is now known as Nob Hill."

-- Chris Dichtel (cyberiad@earthlink.net), June 28, 1999.

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