Founded in 1922, the GREATER GEARY BLVD MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION continues to be instrumental in implementing improvements to Geary Boulevard, and maintaining the powerful image of its namesake, John W. Geary. Geary Boulevard has had a rich history of service to the people of San Francisco and particularly the Richmond District.
There are hundreds of merchants spanning from Van Ness to the Ocean ready to serve you here. So whether you are looking for a place to dine or a place to buy a dining room table you can find it on Geary Blvd. Our role is to serve our Merchant Members and help the Geary merchant corridor survive and thrive in these challenging times.
We just celebrated our 73rd Annual Awards Luncheon at the Hotel Kabuki. We were honored to be joined by dignitaries such as Hon. Jackie Speier, and San Francisco Mayor, London Breed as we launched the Geary Blvd. Marketplace.
Geary Boulevard, originally called the Point Lobos Toll Road, was named after the first mayor of San Francisco, John W. Geary. Geary, a Pennsylvanian, first saw San Francisco on April Fools' Day, 1849, when he was welcomed to the City as San Francisco's first Postmaster. The City was ecstatic as its mail service left much to be desired. After finding a place to live for his wife and child, Geary established the first Post Office at a little storefront at Montgomery and Washington Streets. The efficiency with which he ran the Post Office earned him considerable respect and he became a leading citizen.
In August of 1849 to his great surprise, he was nominated for Mayor, and subsequently became the sixth and last American Alcalde. As such he was expected to perform as Sheriff, Recorder, Coroner and Magistrate. Unfortunately, due to the Gold Rush, this was a time of chaos and crime in the streets. Geary purchased an abandoned brig, the Euphemia, and converted it into a City jail, appointed police officers, organized a chain-gang for street improvements, and dramatically improved the situation. After a year, in May 1850, the first City Charter was adopted and Geary became Mayor in a landslide election.
During the earlier disorders he had sent his wife and two children back to the relative safety of Pennsylvania. At the end of his mayoralty he decided to leave the City and join them there. Geary left San Francisco on February 1, 1852, but not before presenting his adopted city with a deed to the entire area where Union Square now stands. He never returned, but in 1865 he moved to Kansas and was elected Governor of that state. Later he returned again to Pennsylvania and served as Governor there as well. He died in 1873.
Throughout the year, the GREATER GEARY BLVD MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION hosts many events for the betterment of the Richmond District community and the merchants and property owners who care about the future of this bustling and relaxed City enclave. Each year we host the Standing Room Only Annual Awards Luncheon, Fleet Week Celebration and Numerous Town Halls and Street Fairs. Come visit us soon or sign up to keep in the loop.