When The Water Came Up To Montgomery Street

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I am looking for a copy of the book entitled "When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street". Excerpts of this book used to be read on KSFO on Saturday evenings at 5:45 (perhaps in the late 60's to early 80's.

-- Denise Poth (Denise.Poth@wcom.com), January 07, 2002


By any chance, are you referring to "A Ward of the Golden Gate" by Bret Harte?


-- Miss Rosa (rosadebon@yahoo.com), January 07, 2002.

Thanks for responding Miss Rosa. No, I really think it was called "When the Water Came up to Montgomery Street". I listened to KSFO every Saturday night for years and that name has always stayed with me.

-- Denise Poth (Denise.Poth@wcom.com), January 08, 2002.

The phrase seems to have been used as a catch phrase to refer to the city's early history. Here's a page on that use.


Try putting "When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street" into google (in quotes) and you'll get a lot of good reading.

-- Miss Rosa (rosadebon@yahoo.com), January 08, 2002.

Miss Rosa, thanks so much. The information is very helpful.

-- Denise A. Poth (Denise.Poth@wcom.com), January 10, 2002.

Hi Denise,

I don't know if you know - but perhaps it's interesting that until 1850 (?) there must have been even a short bridge in the Montgomery Street because the coastline - "Cove" - reached like a horseshoe far across the point which is today the corner Montgomery / Jackson Street. In those times the "Water Came Up to Montgomery Street"...

-- Heinz-Dieter Krippendorf (krippendorf@gmx.de), January 22, 2002.

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