Precita Creek

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Precita Creek
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1861 Map of San Francisco showing the Precita Creek just south of the Pioneer Race Course
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Precita Creek
EtymologyPrecita, the Spanish word meaning dam or weir[1]
CountryUnited States
CountiesCity and County of San Francisco
CitySan Francisco
Physical characteristics
SourceMarket Street and 24th Street[2]
 ⁃ locationNear Bernal Heights, City and County of San Francisco, California
 ⁃ coordinates37°45′2.8″N 122°26′34.7″W / 37.750778°N 122.442972°W / 37.750778; -122.442972
 ⁃ elevation486 ft (148 m)
MouthIslais Creek[3]
 ⁃ location
Near Islais Creek, City & County of San Francisco, California[4]
 ⁃ coordinates
37°44′58.31″N 122°23′50.262″W / 37.7495306°N 122.39729500°W / 37.7495306; -122.39729500
 ⁃ elevation
30 ft (9.1 m)
Length3 mi (4.8 km)

Precita Creek is a small creek in the Bernal Heights and Mission District neighborhoods of San Francisco, California.[5] Its course is mirrored by the current Precita Avenue,[6] which ran along the creek when it was laid out sometime during the early 1850s.[7] The creek gets its name from precita, the Spanish word meaning dam or weir.[1] The stream was buried before the beginning of the 20th century.


Starting near Market Street and 24th Street[2], the old stream follows Precita Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street,[6] ending in the Islais Creek’s estuarine bog[5] near the insection of Cesar Chavez Street and Evans Avenue. [8]


Precita Avenue was laid along the creek sometime during the early 1850s.[7] In the area now called Precita Park, a village had developed by the 1860s. The village drew its water from an upstream portion of the creek and used the creek as an open sewer.[5] Between the 1880s and the 1900s, Precita Creek was paved over to create Army Street (now Cesar Chavez Street).[6]

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  1. ^ a b Cotter, Adrian (2014-06-10). "Creeks to Sewers". SF Natural History Series.
  2. ^ a b Diehl, Jeff (2009-10-25). "The Stewardship of Precita Creek". Spots Unknown.
  3. ^ Kamiya, Gary. "A Walking Tour of San Francisco's Hidden Waters". San Francisco Magazine. Modern Luxury. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  4. ^ Saperstein, Susan. "San Francisco's Old Clam House on the Lost Waterfront". San Francisco City Guides.
  5. ^ a b c "Cesar Chavez Design Workshop Tonight; Precita Creek Past and Future". Burrito Justice. 2009-02-24.
  6. ^ a b c Lapin, Todd (2013-08-14). "A Brief History of How Cesar Chavez/Army Street Became So Damn Awful in the First Place". Bernalwood.
  7. ^ a b Lapin, Todd (2011-09-19). "That Odd Bend in Precita Avenue, Explained". Bernalwood.
  8. ^ "Islais Creek Basin P.1-5" (PDF). San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. September 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  9. ^ Sharpsteen, William Crittenden (June 1941). "Vanished Waters of Southeastern San Francisco". California Historical Society Quarterly. The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco.

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