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Washington St, Chinatown

37.7950047369313 -122.40757378664
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"Spofford Alley a Gritty Reminder of Old San Francisco"

Spofford Alley is located in Chinatown between Washington and Clay St. It also was for a long time an "alley of ill repute" home to Gambling Dens, Brothels and Opium Dens. In addition this alley housed Dr. Sun Tay Sen's secret headquarters. This alley beacame of great interest to me after reading a beat cops account of early 21st centry Chinatown. His beat was across the street from Spofford Alley and he recalled spending endless hours mixing opium for sale in an Opium den. This alley is not as fancy as some but if you are checking out alleys put this on on your list to visit.
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