The Ransom Run – Aquatic Park

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At 00:50:51 Harry is running into the Fort Mason Tunnel to get to the hamburger stand at Aquatic Park.

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Harry runs to the north entrance of the Fort Mason Tunnel

Harry runs to the north entrance of the Fort Mason Tunnel

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Historically the Fort Mason tunnel was built to bring building materials for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition and then closed in the 1970s (Source).

Harry enters via the tunnel’s north entrance where Laguna Street meets Marina Boulevard. The tunnel is next to the entrance to the Fort Mason Center. Look carefully in the above image and you will see a portion of the Gate House roof above the right wall.

Now the tunnel entrance has long been closed and grass has grown over the lines, but, the wall and fence are virtually the same. The Fort Mason Center Gate House is at the right of the entrance below:

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Tunnel entrance, Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate in the distance

Tunnel entrance, Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate in the distance

In 2009, the Fort Mason tunnel is closed and grass covers the lines

The Fort Mason tunnel is closed and grass covers the lines

Where Laguna Street meets Marina Boulevard

You’ll find the tunnel where Laguna Street meets Marina Boulevard

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Harry emerges from the Aquatic Park end of the tunnel at 00:51:43 as a public phone rings at the hamburger stand.

Harry emerges from the Fort Mason Tunnel

Harry emerges from the Fort Mason Tunnel

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In the 21st century you will find this end of the tunnel closed also but it’s immediately recognisable. The tunnel and hamburger stand are still at the bottom of Van Ness Avenue on the northern side of the Aquatic Park pier. Have a look from above in Google Maps.

The rail tracks are still there too.

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2009 - The Fort Mason Tunnel is closed but it's immediately recognisable.

The Fort Mason Tunnel is closed but it’s immediately recognisable.

2009 - The rail tracks are still there

The rail tracks are still there

Harry arrives at the stand

Harry arrives at the stand

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The hamburger stand no longer has the same canopy but the same drain pipe runs down the left side of the existing canopy.

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2009 - the hamburger stand opposite the tunnel

The hamburger stand opposite the tunnel

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If it wasn’t for the proximity of the stand to the tunnel, as it appears in the movie, and the drain pipe, then it would have been difficult to believe they were the same building.

As is the case in so many places the phone booths are gone.

Look closely at frame 00:51:54 and you will see a guard rail on the curbside in front of the hamburger stand. Harry steps up and over to get to the booth but now, even though the rail is gone , the foundations are still in the sidewalk.

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2009 - remants of the guard rail in the sidewalk

Remnants of the guard rail in the sidewalk

2009 - Light at the end of the tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnel – looking toward the Laguna Street entry

NEXT  “Go to the Cross.”

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7 Responses to The Ransom Run – Aquatic Park

  1. uninoSifs says:

    Authentic words, some authentic words dude. You made my day.

  2. Jaakko says:

    What’s in the bag, man?

  3. ted says:

    I was at Fort Mason in Oct/2009 for a whalewatching trip that met there. Damn, I wish I knew about your blog. Im watching movie now. I cant wait to visit SF again to seek out locals. THANKS!!!

  4. William says:

    As a former librarian for many years, when dealing with an unruly person, mostly youths, I would say, “You don’t listen, do you?” Of course it would have been more effective with a .44 magnum, LOL. I love to quote several lines of this great movie. Watched it on DVD last night for the first time in years.

  5. John0428@juno.com says:

    I visited sf and was walking by this tunnel entrance and recognized it from the movie, but I could not confirm it until I was on your website. My brother and I always like to joke about that scene and say “what’s in the bag man” thanks.

  6. Chuck OConnor says:

    Market Street Railway has encouraged Muni to run the historic streetcars from the wharf thru this tunnel to Fort Mason. Can’t wait to take a trip thru on a vintage streetcar.

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