America’s Last Emperor: Wharf

Chapter Eleven

Meigg’s Wharf, as seen from Telegraph Hill in 1870. Courtesy OpenSFHistory.Org

May 16th, 1853

Norton stood in the crowd at the foot of Honest Harry Meigg’s new wharf and marveled at it.

It was the sheer size of the thing. Harry was proud of boasting that it went 2000 feet out into the bay. This was certainly believable. He’d taken giant redwood trees that he’d fashioned into piles and driven them into the bay mud up to…