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Best Mystery Spot San Francisco 2008 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle house

For many years native San Franciscans, transplants, and tourists have been pleased and surprised to spot a polished brass plaque on a beautiful little graystone building on Sacramento across from Lafayette Park that reads: "This house, built in 1881, was once occupied by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle." It looks like an appropriate residence for the doctor who invented Sherlock Holmes. But a little research reveals that the author never actually lived there. He merely visited one of its occupants, Dr. Abrams, and probably only for a few hours, at that, in 1923, during a San Francisco stop on a U.S. lecture tour. Conan Doyle and his wife were staying at the Clift Hotel, where there is no plaque in evidence. Note to the disappointed: The address 221B Baker Street didn't exist when Conan Doyle housed Sherlock Holmes there. But nevertheless you can visit it today.

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