BO UD IN BA KERY : AN AN EC DOT AL C HRON OL OGY
1835: William A. Richardson builds the first permanent residence at Yerba Buena cove.
1846: Capt. John Montgomery of the USS Portsmouth seizes Yerba Buena as U.S. territory.
1847: Yerba Buena officially named San Francisco. The population numbers about 1,000.
1848: Gold is discovered on the American river, and thousands of adventurers crowd into
1849: The Boudin French Bakery is established, one of more than 60 bakeries in the city.
San Francisco’s population swells to 20,000 by the end of the year.
1850: Boudin bread quickly wins the hearts of city-dwellers and prospectors alike, who line up
each morning for a fresh-baked loaf of Sourdough French bread.
1852: Boudin French Bakery moves to 319 Dupont (now Grant Avenue) in North Beach.
1868: Despite the introduction and wide-spread use of Fleischman’s cake yeast, the Boudin
family continues to use the time-honored method of leavening the bread with a wild yeast
starter, or “mother” dough.
1873: Isidore Boudin marries Louise Erni at Notre Dame des Victoires in San Francisco. Boudin
bread is home-delivered by horse-drawn wagon.
1890: Louise and her daughter Lucie continue to run the bakery following Isidore’s death in
1887. Operations expand to meet the bakery’s ever-increasing popularity, while the
bakery stays true to its original sourdough baking process. The bakery moves to a new
location at 815 Broadway.
1900: Introduction of motorized delivery trucks.
1906: The Great Earthquake and Fire. Louise Boudin saves the original “mother dough” in a
bucket. The bakery moves to its current 10th Avenue location.
1909: At age 29, Charles Boudin, youngest son of Isidore and Louise, marries Lizabelle
Pomeroy. “Mr. Boudin is a member of the San Francisco firm of Boudin Brother, owners
of extensive flour mills,” writes one newspaper. “The Boudins have long held an
influential place in the life of the metropolis, and Mrs. Louise Boudin, mother of the
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