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Illustration of The Ivy Green from The Morning Call, April 2, 1893

Ellen E. Moon

c. 1820–1863

A most famous Bay Area saloon keeper of the mid-19th Century

Ellen Moon was Welsh-via-Australia, and, unusually for a single woman in the United States, became the proprietrix of two popular saloons: The Cottage, and The Ivy Green (possibly named for the Dickens poem), both in mid-19th Century San Francisco. Moon apparently committed suicide in her rooms above the Ivy Green, although her death was notorious, with much speculation about murder. Moon was originally buried in Lone Mountain Cemetery, San Francisco, but removed to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in San Mateo.

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