Tenderloin History

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Hi, I am working on research for a documentary on the Tenderloin. I am trying to find out when people started reffering to the area in S.F. as the Tenderloin. I also ned infor on the area in the late 1800's and early 1900''s. Thanks

-- Benjamin David Jones (sagedrum@hotmail.com), July 30, 2001


Tenderloin apparently refers to the choice cut of meats available to the cops assigned to the area. The police are/were vital to the economics of bootleg whiskey and prostitution.

I understand New York also referred to similar areas as Tenderloin.

Good Luck in your research.

Kurt Iversen

-- Kurt Iversen (iversenk@aol.com), July 31, 2001.

I've heard that story too. I think it was in NY first, then SF. I know there was a large cemetary in that area before 1900. Maybe that's why it has a 'heavy fib.' I've seen a map of the cemetary somewhere. Craig....

-- Craig Smith (palmedo@aol.com), August 04, 2001.

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