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Tubbs Cordage

The rope-works that literally shaped our neighborhood...

The Tubbs Cordage Company was founded in SF during the Gold Rush in 1849. They sold so much rope that they decided to make their own and dedicated everything they had to expand their business. In their rope walk at 611 Front Street they made the first rope ever manufactured commercially west of New England.


The Tubbs factory stood at the corner of 22nd and Iowa until the 1970s when it was torn down to build Woods Yard MUNI facility. Tubbs lane stands between 22nd and 23rd, Tennessee and Minnesota.

Learn more along the Ropewalk historic installation by Fletcher Studio that traces the original trajectory of the building into the bay, and here at Lost SF.


Visit to join the community fun as our gift to you during this year's "holidays at home" Shelter in Place.

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