Thursday, December 23, 2010

California Historical Landmark #937

Site of Invention of
the Three-Reel Bell Slot Machine

California State Historical Landmark #937

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This landmark is located on the traffic island on north side of Market Street between Bush and Battery, San Francisco, California. There are 48 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Francisco County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 47.468 W 122° 23.966.

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California Historical Landmark #937

Charles August Fey invented the first coin-operated, three-reel slot machine in San Francisco in 1895. Fey continued to manufacture the popular 'Liberty Bell' gaming devices in a workshop located at 406 Market Street from 1897 to 1906, until the workshop was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire. The international popularity of the bell slot machines attested to Fey's ingenuity as an enterprising inventor whose basic design continues to be used in mechanical gaming devices today.

California Historical Landmark #937

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