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Celebrate San Francisco’s fabled past and vibrant present in this second annual walking event on the sidewalks of San Francisco.

Presented by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society to benefit our programs and publications for both our members and the community.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 – 9 A.M.
Start: The Old Mint, 5th and Mission streets

San Francisco is a walking city – and this is a rare chance to walk through downtown San Francisco, Chinatown, North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf.

We are a city with incredible views and fascinating stories, plus celebrated and often hidden landmarks behind plazas and buildings. No where is this more evident than along the historic Barbary Coast Trail, established by historian Daniel Bacon in 1998 for the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society (SFMHS). Handsome bronze medallions mark the course through San Francisco’s most illustrious, famous and sometimes infamous, neighborhoods. Now you have an opportunity to walk this trail from the Old Mint5 to Aquatic Park.

Event: A flat 3.5 mile walk through San Francisco’s most historic and vibrant neighborhoods. Since its establishment in 1998, many visitors and residents have enjoyed segments of the walk but this is a rare opportunity to do the entire walk with hundreds of other fans of this historic trail.


Course: Participants meet at Mint Plaza, adjacent to the Old Mint. From the starting point, the course goes across Market Street, through Union Square and Chinatown, across Portsmouth Square, into North Beach, onto The Embarcadero, through Fisherman’s Wharf and ends at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, known to most San Franciscans as Aquatic Park.

Guides: Knowledgeable guides in historic costumes will lead groups of walkers to point out significant landmarks along the way.

Aquatic Park

BCT Maps: In addition to guides on the course, a detailed map of the route will be given to each participant showing the location of the bronze medallions.

BCT map

Costumes: Participants are encouraged to don period dress.




The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society welcomes our Grand Marshal LIAM MAYCLEM. Host of “Eye on the Bay” on CBS 5 TV and “The Foodie Chap” on KCBS radio.

Eye on the Bay

Our Media Sponsors:

media sponsors

The entire Walk goes on the sidewalk. Participants are asked to obey all traffic signals.





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