I’ve been researching the Mariani family of San Francisco lately, as I’m writing the companion book to, “The Mariani Ranch.” I decided to start with the first generation I could find, Joseph Mariani. I really found nothing about him other than items from the newspaper surrounding his death, but those led me to looking through old San Francisco maps, thanks to Google Earth and David Rumsey.
Mr. Mariani was killed by a blast here in 1861:
Which was, at the time, right across the street from the wharf.
I find that fascinating. Also fascinating is the history of events in April for the Mariani family… Nearly everything happened in April. Very odd.