Archives for February 2012

Fisherman’s Wharf and Henry Meiggs

Of all the business failures in San Francisco that year of 1854 the one that attracted the most attention, and perhaps the most important, was the failure of Henry Meiggs. He arrived in California in 1850 aboard the Albany with a cargo of lumber that he sold for twenty times what he had paid and settled in North Beach where he went into the lumber business in a big way. A good looking, well dressed man who was always willing to donate to the public good as well as private charities, Meiggs … [Read more...]