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Mapping 19 Iconic Signs that Define San Francisco's Skyline

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San Francisco is filled with remnants of the past, and many of its iconic signs have been around a very long time. Some, like the famous Coca Cola sign, have been updated to modern times (it has LED lights!) Others like the Doggie Head Diner dachshund head at Sloat Avenue are officially local landmarks. We've put together for you a map of the city's 19 most iconic signs, from a van on a stick near Cesar Chavez to the Fisherman's Wharf welcome that appears in nearly every tourist's San Francisco photos. Love a local sign that we missed? Let us know in the comments after the jump.

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1. Castro Theatre

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429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 864-5000
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This sign, which has been around since the heyday of the Castro movement, is still around and open for business.

2. View Alcatraz

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1500 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

This sign on Fisherman's Wharf at one time did have neon to lure tourists to the famous attraction, but now it's dark.

3. Coca Cola Billboard

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701 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Probably one of the most famous billboards in San Francisco history, in 2010 the entire sign was changed over to energy saving LED lamps after 70 years of service.

4. The Macy's Sign

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3251 20th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 759-2626
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The Macy's sign has seen many better days, but still stands above the Stonestown Galleria in most of its original form, save for a few pigeon nesting holes.

5. Fisherman's Wharf Sign

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(415) 673-3530
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Famous for being in every tourist photo gallery of San Francisco, you're reminded of how much seafood you can eat when you see this sign.

6. Ghirardelli Square

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900 North Point Street, Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco, CA 94109

One of the largest and most famous signs in the city, the Ghirardelli sign has been around since 1852, making it also one of the oldest.

7. Hills Bros Sign

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2 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Around since the opening of the Hills Bros plant in 1926, the sign now adorns the top of the Mozilla Corporation headquarters.

8. Ferry Building

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1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 983-8030
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Part of the replacement for the original structure, the sign was constructed with the new Ferry Building in 1892 and was one of the lone survivors of the 1906 earthquake and fire.

9. Bell Plumbing Van on a Stick

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If you're ever near Cesar Chavez, look up! There's a van on a stick up there advertising Bell Plumbing.

10. Huntington Hotel

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1075 California St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 474-5400
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Perched at the top of Nob Hill, the Hotel Huntington sign was part of the renovation of the original 1922 apartment complex two years after construction.

11. One Tree Sign

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This SoMa mural was meant to be a final reminder of nature before viewers entered the industrial city. It was created in 1995 by muralist Rigo 23.

12. Innercity Home

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241 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Another mural by artist Rigo23, this sign welcomes people into the heart of SoMa and the city.

13. Coca Cola Bottle

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24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 972-2000
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Another San Francisco ad for Coca Cola, this sign is one of the staples of AT&T park.

14. Giant Camera

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1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-3330
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The camera obscura is one of the surviving pieces of Ocean Beach's long-gone Playland. It was built as an extension to Playland in 1946 and is on the observation deck behind Cliff House.

15. South San Francisco

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Sign Hill Park
South San Francisco, CA 94080

This sign from the 1920s is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The letters range in height from 48 to 65 feet. It was meant to be a civic booster to the city.

16. Hopper's Hands

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Marine Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 556-1693

Created for Ken Hopper, an ironworker at the Golden Gate Bridge who spent years saving people from jumping off the bridge.

17. Controversial Coca Cola Sign

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601 Tompkins Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110

This vintage Coca-Cola sign caused neighbors to complain and a heated battle ensued through 2011 and 2012. Planning finally approved the restoration of the sign.

18. Kahn & Keville Sign

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500 Turk St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 673-0200

This Tenderloin sign has provided inspirational quotes and funny phrases to passersby since the 1950s. It changes every three to six weeks based on feedback from the community.

19. Doggie Diner Head

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Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132

This is the final Doggie Diner Head sign still standing in San Francisco, although there were once many marking locations of the 1960s chain diner. It's officially a San Francisco landmark and was restored in 2014.

20. Palace Hotel

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2 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-1111
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Added in the 1920s, this sign atop the Palace Hotel can be seen from Nob Hill and beyond.

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1. Castro Theatre

429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

This sign, which has been around since the heyday of the Castro movement, is still around and open for business.

429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

2. View Alcatraz

1500 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

This sign on Fisherman's Wharf at one time did have neon to lure tourists to the famous attraction, but now it's dark.

1500 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

3. Coca Cola Billboard

701 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Probably one of the most famous billboards in San Francisco history, in 2010 the entire sign was changed over to energy saving LED lamps after 70 years of service.

701 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

4. The Macy's Sign

3251 20th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

The Macy's sign has seen many better days, but still stands above the Stonestown Galleria in most of its original form, save for a few pigeon nesting holes.

3251 20th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

5. Fisherman's Wharf Sign

San Francisco, CA 94133

Famous for being in every tourist photo gallery of San Francisco, you're reminded of how much seafood you can eat when you see this sign.

6. Ghirardelli Square

900 North Point Street, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA 94109

One of the largest and most famous signs in the city, the Ghirardelli sign has been around since 1852, making it also one of the oldest.

900 North Point Street, Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. Hills Bros Sign

2 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Around since the opening of the Hills Bros plant in 1926, the sign now adorns the top of the Mozilla Corporation headquarters.

2 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94105

8. Ferry Building

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

Part of the replacement for the original structure, the sign was constructed with the new Ferry Building in 1892 and was one of the lone survivors of the 1906 earthquake and fire.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

9. Bell Plumbing Van on a Stick

California

If you're ever near Cesar Chavez, look up! There's a van on a stick up there advertising Bell Plumbing.

10. Huntington Hotel

1075 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Perched at the top of Nob Hill, the Hotel Huntington sign was part of the renovation of the original 1922 apartment complex two years after construction.

1075 California St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. One Tree Sign

California

This SoMa mural was meant to be a final reminder of nature before viewers entered the industrial city. It was created in 1995 by muralist Rigo 23.

12. Innercity Home

241 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Another mural by artist Rigo23, this sign welcomes people into the heart of SoMa and the city.

241 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. Coca Cola Bottle

24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107

Another San Francisco ad for Coca Cola, this sign is one of the staples of AT&T park.

24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107

14. Giant Camera

1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

The camera obscura is one of the surviving pieces of Ocean Beach's long-gone Playland. It was built as an extension to Playland in 1946 and is on the observation deck behind Cliff House.

1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

15. South San Francisco

Sign Hill Park, South San Francisco, CA 94080

This sign from the 1920s is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The letters range in height from 48 to 65 feet. It was meant to be a civic booster to the city.

Sign Hill Park
South San Francisco, CA 94080

16. Hopper's Hands

Marine Dr., San Francisco, CA 94129

Created for Ken Hopper, an ironworker at the Golden Gate Bridge who spent years saving people from jumping off the bridge.

Marine Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94129

17. Controversial Coca Cola Sign

601 Tompkins Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

This vintage Coca-Cola sign caused neighbors to complain and a heated battle ensued through 2011 and 2012. Planning finally approved the restoration of the sign.

601 Tompkins Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. Kahn & Keville Sign

500 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This Tenderloin sign has provided inspirational quotes and funny phrases to passersby since the 1950s. It changes every three to six weeks based on feedback from the community.

500 Turk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

19. Doggie Diner Head

Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132

This is the final Doggie Diner Head sign still standing in San Francisco, although there were once many marking locations of the 1960s chain diner. It's officially a San Francisco landmark and was restored in 2014.

Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132

20. Palace Hotel

2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Added in the 1920s, this sign atop the Palace Hotel can be seen from Nob Hill and beyond.

2 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105