Barbary Coast, San Francisco
Gold Rush and a first decade
Gold is discovered
- "The upper part of Pacific Street, after dark, is crowded by thieves, gamblers, low women, drunken sailors, and similar characters... Unsuspecting sailors and miners are entrapped by the dexterous thieves and swindlers that are always on the lookout, into these dens, where they are filled with liquor – drugged if necessary, until insensibility coming upon them, they fall an easy victim to their tempters... When the habitues of this quarter have a reason to believe a man has money, they will follow him for days, and employ every device to get him into their clutches... These dance-groggeries are outrageous nuisances and nurseries of crime."
More vigilante justice
The Barbary Coast is defined
Before the 1906 earthquake
After the 1906 earthquake
Latter eras of the Pacific Street District
The Broadway scene
In popular culture
- The now-lost film, The Last Night of the Barbary Coast (1913), was peddled by its director to individual theater owners as a lurid exploitation film depicting vice on the Barbary Coast.
- The 1935 film, Frisco Kid, James Cagney plays the fictional leader of a reform syndicate in the 1850s, dealing with 'Shanghai Duck', and facing the vigilantes and hangings which follow, as the town's folk try to clean up the Barbary Coast.
- In the 1936 film, San Francisco, Clark Gable plays a saloon-keeper of the Barbary Coast while Jeanette MacDonald plays a hopeful opera singer as they survive the 1906 earthquake.
- In the 1945 film, Flame of the Barbary Coast, John Wayne is a cowboy who becomes a successful casino owner on the Barbary Coast just before the 1906 earthquake.
- The song Theme from San Francisco, also known as San Francisco, was sung by Jeanette MacDonald in the 1936 film San Francisco, and is San Francisco's official ballad.
- In the 1975 television series, Barbary Coast, William Shatner plays a government agent on the Barbary Coast who apprehends criminals.
- The 2004 serial drama Deadwood chronicles the lawlessness, vice, and political corruption common to 19th-century American mining communities like the early Barbary Coast.
- "Barbary Coast" is the title to a song by Jaco Pastorius on the 1976 Weather Report album called Black Market.