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San Francisco, California: Maltese Falcon Character Killed Here

Small bronze plaque bolted to a wall marks the spot where Sam Spade's partner Miles Archer was killed.

611 Bush St., San Francisco, CA
Just west of the Financial District. The bronze plaque is on the south side of Bush St. just west of its intersection with Stockton St. It's bolted to a wall at the entrance into dead-end Burrit St. (an alley), on the right.
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Plaque, 2019.

Historic Plaque for Fictional Event

Perhaps only San Francisco has the temerity to put up a historical plaque at a place where a fictional event took place. On Bush St. at the entrance to Burritt Street, a plaque notes it is "approximately" the place where, in the Maltese Falcon novel, Brigid O'Shaughnessy did in Sam Spade's partner Miles Archer.

[Bob Patterson, 10/03/2009]

Originally someone spray-painted "Miles Archer was shot here" on the pavement where the murder took place. The city scrubbed it off and replaced it with a plaque, but it makes no mention that the shooting was a work of fiction. July 2019: Photo added.

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