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Fort Ross in Bodega Bay, just north of San Francisco, was a stop on that route until 1841 when the fort was sold to the "swindler" Johann Sutter, on whose land the first California Gold was found.

Thus, all Finnish seamen plying these waters knew every nook and cranny on these shores.

Similarly they knew equally well the coast on the Asiatic side.

Up to the 19th century, the areal possession of the Russian Empire in North America included the modern-day U. state of Alaska and settlements in the modern-day U. states of California (1 settlement) and Hawaii (3 settlements, starting in 1817).

These Russian possessions were collectively and officially referred to by the name Russian America from 1733 to 1867.

Long before the turn of the century 11% of San Francisco's seaman community were Finns.The commercial activities of these former Finnish Russian-American Company skippers and their men were impressive.Formal incorporation of the possessions by Russia did not take place until the establishment of the Russian-American Company (RAC) in 1799.In 1809–1917, Finland was an autonomous part of the Russian Empire, a Grand Duchy, during which time the operations of both Russian merchant and naval fleets, as well as the building of naval vessels, relied heavily on Finnish know-how and Finnish seamen and officers.It extends down Market Street toward Church Street and on both sides of the Castro neighborhood from Church Street to Eureka Street.Although the greater gay community was, and is, concentrated in the Castro, many gay people live in the surrounding residential areas bordered by Corona Heights, the Mission District, Noe Valley, Twin Peaks, and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods.The neighborhood now known as the Castro was created in 1887 when the Market Street Railway Company built a line linking Eureka Valley to downtown. Clarke built his mansion at the corner of Douglass and Caselli Avenue at 250 Douglass which is commonly referenced as the Caselli Mansion.It survived the 1906 earthquake and fire which destroyed a large portion of San Francisco.