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Columbus Avenue (San Francisco)

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Columbus Avenue (San Francisco)

The Transamerica Pyramid rising fom the foot of Columbus Avenue

Columbus Avenue is a street that runs diagonally through the North Beach and Chinatown areas of San Francisco, California, from Washington and Montgomery Streets by the Transamerica Pyramid to Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf. This street is home to several notable venues, such as Jack Kerouac Alley, named for poet Jack Kerouac, City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio Cafe, and Bimbo's 365 Club.

The street's original name was Montgomery Avenue, and was built in the 1870s.[1][2] It was renamed Columbus Avenue in 1909.[3]


  1. ^ San Francisco Chronicle, December 8, 2011. Columbus Avenue: Colorful path, distinct flavors (Retrieved August 24, 2013)
  2. ^ SFGeneology. Re: Columbus Avenue (Retrieved August 24, 2013)
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of San Francisco. Street Naming Controversy - 1909. (Retrieved August 24, 2013)

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