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The Mechanics Monument

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Address: Corner of Market, Bush and Battery Streets, San Francisco, CA

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When I lived in the city, I walked by this monument almost daily and it was not until I moved from the city and came back to visit that I took the time to stop, read the... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2016
Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

When I lived in the city, I walked by this monument almost daily and it was not until I moved from the city and came back to visit that I took the time to stop, read the inscription and admire the monument. The Mechanics Monument is a huge and very active memorial to all the laborers and the contributions they... More 

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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

We stopped to take a photo of the Mechanics Monument. It is on Market Street. It is a bronze sculpture done by Douglas Tilden. Be sure to view it from different locations to see the mastery in this sculpture.

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 7 August 2015

Here is a nice little monument depicting the shoreline in the 50’s. I thought it was going to be a dumpy little place but it is actually quite clean and a lovely place to rest your feet after a day’s trek hitting all of the historical sites. This is a great park in a decent place and I didn’t see... More 

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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

This a bronze sculpture by Douglas Tilden located at Market, Bush and Battery Streets. It seems to have been spruced up recently and originally celebrated the Union Ironworks.

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Nashville, TN
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Reviewed 24 July 2015

Those who like historical tributes will want to pause at the Mechanics Monument. It's easy to stop during a walk down Market Street from the trolley car turn around to the bay where several landmarks and statues may be viewed.

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San Francisco
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Reviewed 13 October 2014 via mobile

I'm a local. Last time i walked past this monument there was garbage on it and around it. This negated any desire to stop ams read the inscription.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

The Mechanics Monument used to be where homeless hung out, bike messengers rested and pigeons pooped. No more. Not since the entire monument was re-landscaped and steam cleaned. And not since they posted a round-the-clock DPW employee in a yellow vest to clean tables, pick up trash and attract office works to this little park. It seems to be working.... More 

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

This is just an average monument in the city.....what makes it special is the plaque just to the west of the statue (on the ground)....it depicts where the shoreline was back in the 1950's (about 4 blocks from where it is today).

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