This fascinating list of Barbary Coast Resorts, Cabarets, Saloons, etc., for the years 1908-1910, was among the papers of Jesse B. Cook donated to the Museum in 1998. Cook was San Franciscos police chief in 1909. A note on this list indicated that it contained the names of establishments in operation during the administration of Jesse B. Cook as Chief of Police.
Note that three of the establishments bear the notation colored, to indicate predominently African American entertainment. One of these, The So Different, also known as Purcells, 520 Pacific Street, was visited in 1911 by legendary vaudeville star Sophie Tucker.
The Midway, 591 Pacific Street, one of the most famous dives, was demolished in the late 1930s.
The two-page list covers three blocks of Pacific Street, heart of the Barbary Coast, as well as establishments on nearby Kearny, Montgomery and Columbus streets.
Most of these establishments
were driven out of business following enactment of the California
Red Light Abatement Act of 1914.
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