News & Tall Tales. 1800s.

San Francisco, California Real Estate News 1849.

New York of the Pacific

Pittsburg, California, first settled by immigrants in 1839, was initially named "New York Landing" and then "New York of the Pacific," prior to being named Pittsburgh.

August 30, 1849, Alta California, San Francisco California


New York of the Pacific

The City of New York of the Pacific, situated at the head of ship navigation upon the bay of Suisun at its junction with the rivers Sacramento and San Joaquin, has been most accurately surveyed by Captain R. P. Hammond, U.S.A. and laid out in the most beautiful and convenient manner, and maps have been prepared by E. H. Rowe, Esq. Engineer and land surveyor, pointing out clearly each and every lot within the surveyed limits of the city, and the proprietors now offer them for sale to the public.

Suisun Slough, Sacramento Wetlands, California.
Aerial Sunset of the Suisun Slough
Sacramento Wetlands
Rich Reid, Photographer

Along the entire waterfront of the city, a public street is laid out one hundred and fifty feet in width, beyond which no ground will ever be sold, and the proprietors therefore guarantee to the purchasers of all lots fronting on Water street that no building shall ever be erected between their purchase and the water.

There is no point along the entire water front of the city at which vessels of the largest class cannot lay within 30 feet of the bank of the river, and there are but few points where a large class of vessels cannot go immediately to the bank and discharge their cargoes, and at all points where this cannot be done wharves will be built by the proprietors as soon as materials for building can be procured. The centre street of the city running North and South is one hundred feet in width, and all the other streets seventy five feet, the lots are fifty feet front, by one hundred deep, and there is not a lot within the survey unfit for building purposes.

There are three public squares laid out within the survey, which will be given to the city, and the proceeds of the sales of all the lots fronting on the squares will be appropriated to the erection of public buildings. The titles to this property are perfect and complete in every particular.

There will be established immediately at the city a record office in charge of a competent official person authorised to take acknowledgments and record deeds, and where the original title deed to this property will be recorded, and where it is desirable that all deeds for lots purchased should also bo immediately recorded. The purchasers will be required to make improvements within a specified time.

Gold Rush Dollars.

The advantages of the location of this city over any other above San Francisco, are too well known to all who have either passed up the rivers Sacramento or San Joaquin to require any argument from the proprietors; but to all persons who have not had the opportunity to examine the site, we say that there is not in all California a point combining so many advantages for business purposes, with the advantages of a fine healthy climate, dry soil, free from inundation at every point, throughout the year, a superior harbor for vessels of the largest class, and an abundant supply of pure water at all seasons.

To these advantages, we will add that permanent arrangements have been made for two steamers, to commence running in all the month of August daily from San Francisco to the new city; and also two steamers of very light draught of water with tow boats prepared to navigate the Sacramento and San Joaquin, and their tributaries, from New York, below which they will not forge. For lots or any information connected with the city of New York of the Pacific, apply at the office of the proprietors in Portsmouth Square, San Francisco, and at the city of New York.


October 25, 1849, Weekly Alta California, San Francisco

Some of the most desirable locations for private residences or business purposes in this town, can be purchased or leased of the subscribers.

Maps of the City of New York of the Pacific, the Towns of Sutter, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco can be seen at the Land Office of the subscribers, on Clay street, south side Portsmouth square.


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