San Francisco Treasure Hunts

Sample Master Clues


It was said that the sun never set on theirs, but it rarely shines here. Across the street, there’s another city view, but you must look within to see it. Like much wisdom, it can be found beneath a tree, but one that has no leaves or roots. And only when you shine a persistent light upon it is it visible.

What is depicted in the center of the picture?

Solution to Clue 1

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"X" marks the spot in a fragrant alley. Write down the word that curves above it.

Solution to Clue 2


On Commercial Street between Kearny and Montgomery) you find Empire Park (the sun never set on the British empire). This was previously named Grabhorn Park, in honor of the fine printers, Grabhorn Press, once located on this site.

Across the street from that, at 659 Commercial is a men’s tailor shop which has a gold shoe tree (“a tree that has no roots or leaves”) suspended above its door. The shoe tree used to hang outside the proprietor’s father’s shoe store, which was located in the Russ Building. The back inside wall of this shop has a mural which you could see if you shined a flashlight through the front window. The mural depicts California Street looking east from Nob Hill in the 1950s (although it was updated by adding the Transamerica Building). Visible in its very center is a cable car.

Back to Clue 1

Hang Ah Alley means "fragrant" or "fragrance" in Chinese. Markers in Hang Ah Alley mention this. The brick wall above the tennis courts has a faded wall sign with an X, and curving above it, the word "Corillard's." Hang Ah is the only Chinatown alley with a Chinese name.

Back to Clue 2

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