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Entry from December 04, 2012
Wall Street of the West (Montgomery Street in San Francisco)

San Francisco’s Montgomery Street runs through its Financial District (“FiDi”) and has been called the “Wall Street of the West.” The term “Wall street of the west coast” has been cited in print since at least October 1926 and “little Wall street of the west” since September 1927.
“Wall Street of the West” is also the moniker of 17th Street in Denver, Colorado. “Wall Street West” is a nickname for Jersey City, New Jersey.
Wikipedia: Montgomery Street
Montgomery Street is a north-south thoroughfare in San Francisco, in the United States.
It runs about 16 blocks from the Telegraph Hill neighborhood south through downtown, terminating at Market Street. South of Columbus Avenue, Montgomery Street runs through the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District. For this reason, it is sometimes called “the Wall Street of the West”. South of Market Street, the street continues as New Montgomery Street for two more blocks to terminate at Howard Street in the SOMA district.
Financial offices
Many banks and financial-services companies have had offices in the buildings on or near Montgomery Street, especially between Market Street and Sacramento Street:
. The world headquarters of Wells Fargo are at 420 Montgomery.
. 555 California Street, between Kearny and Montgomery, served as Bank of America’s world headquarters prior to its merger with NationsBank and was (from 1969 to 2005) officially called the Bank of America Building.
. The Transamerica Pyramid (600 Montgomery, at Columbus Avenue) was the headquarters of Transamerica Corporation and still appears in the company’s logo.
Wikipedia: Financial District, San Francisco
The Financial District is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, that serves as its main central business district. The nickname “FiDi” is occasionally employed, analogous to nearby SoMa.
The District is home to the city’s largest concentration of corporate headquarters, law firms, banks, savings & loans and other financial institutions, such as the corporate headquarters of VISA, Wells Fargo Bank, the Charles Schwab Corporation, McKesson Corporation, Bechtel, Gap, PG&E, the Union Bank of California, Levi Strauss & Co., Blue Shield, and Salesforce.com among others; and formerly Bank of America, Pacific Bell, Crocker Bank, and Chevron Corporation, among others. The headquarters of the 12th district of the United States Federal Reserve is located in the area as well. Montgomery Street (“Wall Street of the West”) is the traditional heart of the district.
1 October 1926, Altoona (PA) Mirror, “Quake Menace Is Defied on Coast” by Ben Kline, pg. 5, col. 1:
The west coast has never seen such an array of tall buildings as are now going up in the center of San Francisco’s financial center, on Montgomery street, called by the San Franciscans the “Wall street of the west coast.”
25 September 1927, Sunday World-Herald (Omaha, NE), pg. 2, col. 1:
Financiers Offer City Money
to Remove Street Car Tracks.

San Francisco, Cal. Sept. 24.—High finance is taking another step toward making Montgomery street, through which flowed the life blood of San Francisco of the old clipper ship and gold days, the Wall Street of the west coast.
Now a half mile from the busy docks and teeming ferry building, it is striving manfully to live down its past and be completely the “little Wall street of the west.” But even yet it has not wiped out all things reminiscent of the colorful past. The historic Montgomery block, a four-story block that has withstood time, fire and quake, still furnishes lodging for a little group of old-timers who refuse to give up to bond clerks and stenographers.
(This article is also in The Sunday Morning Star of Wilmington, DE, in the Google News Archive—ed.)
29 January 1941, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, pg. 13, col. 4:
Vision Makes Montgomery Street
Financial Fortress of the West

Montgomery Street—“Wall Street of the West.”
(...) (Col. 6—ed.)
On the site of the old Russ House the giant Russ Building rises to the sky. Out of its whirling doors, as books are put away and balances checked for the night, an army of workers filters into the narrow canyon of the street. Across the way, other workers rivet into final form the skyscraper of the new Bank of America building.
When this latest structure shall have been completed it will replace uncertainties of the past and rivet permanence into the Wall Street of the West.
Google News Archive
16 December 1942, The Daily Times (Beaver and Rochester, PA), pg. 6, col. 8:
San Francisco’s Montgomery Street, the “Wall Street of the West,” now half a dozen blocks up town, was once the city’s waterfront.
New York (NY) Daily News
Business travel to San Francisco
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In recent years, San Francisco has become a leading city for business conventions and conferences. In fact, their Financial District’s Montgomery Street is known as the “Wall Street of the West.” So when business brings you to San Francisco, here’s your guide to this remarkable city.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Tuesday, December 04, 2012 • Permalink

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