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Panorama, Union Square, San Francisco

SUMMARY This film shows the crowd gathered in San Francisco for the dedication of the Dewey Monument in Union Square, on Thursday, May 14, 1903, from 9:00am to 9:20am. The Monument, which is still in place, commemorates the victory of Admiral George Dewey and the American fleet over Spanish forces at Manila Bay, the Philippines, on May 1, 1898, during the Spanish-American War. The monument is also a tribute to the sailors of the U.S. Navy. Ground was broken for the monument by President McKinley, Roosevelt's predecessor, on May 12, 1901. The dedication of the monument was President Roosevelt's last official act before leaving San Francisco. Union Square was - and is - the center of San Francisco's retail district, and is located two blocks north of Market Street. Originally a tall sand dune, the square was set aside as a public park in 1850. It got its name from the pro-Union rallies held there on the eve of the Civil War. The camera was located on the roof a building at the southeast corner of Stockton Street and Union Square Avenue (today's Maiden Lane). Looking north on Stockton, the camera pans left along Post Street, and across Union Square to Powell Street and the St. Francis Hotel to the west. The pan continues south to Geary Street and on to the Stockton Street intersection, then sweeps back north to Stockton Street before drifting back into the square. OTHER TITLES Panorama of Union Square, San Francisco CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 4Jun1903; H32394. Camera, H.J. Miles. Photographed: May 14, 1903. Location: Union Square, San Francisco, California. SUBJECTS Monuments--California--San Francisco. Dewey, George,--1837-1917--Monuments. Spanish-American War, 1898--Monuments. Dedication services. Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919--Travel. Presidents--Travel--California--San Francisco. Streets--California--San Francisco. Parades--California--San Francisco. Pedestrians--California--San Francisco. Plazas--California--San Francisco. Commercial buildings--California--San Francisco. Triumphal arches--California--San Francisco. San Francisco (Calif.) Actuality--Short. RELATED NAMES Miles, H. J., camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID lcmp003 26719s1 26719s2
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