Columbus Avenue (San Francisco)

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Columbus Avenue
Transamerica Pyramid from Columbus.jpg
The Transamerica Pyramid rising from the foot of Columbus Avenue
Maintained bySan Francisco DPW
LocationSan Francisco
Coordinates37°48′04″N 122°24′41″W / 37.80107°N 122.41137°W / 37.80107; -122.41137Coordinates: 37°48′04″N 122°24′41″W / 37.80107°N 122.41137°W / 37.80107; -122.41137
Southeast endWashington and Montgomery Streets
Northwest endBeach Street

Columbus Avenue is one of the major streets of San Francisco 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, Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe (in an alley off Columbus), 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 Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved August 24, 2013)