In San Francisco, California, what is Pine Street named after?

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymologies_of_place_names_in_San_Francisco and other internet sources about SF street naming do not give any information regarding this street naming.

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    Trivia is off topic. Commented Aug 25, 2014 at 20:28
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    Not even that. Often a city planner will name a series of parallel streets in a neighborhood with a common theme - so if the theme was trees, you could have Pike, Oak, Elm, Ash as blocks without reference to any real tree. I've seen State names, Civil War Battles used like this, and of course numbers as well.
    – Oldcat
    Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 19:18
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    Looking at the map, I see parallel streets in SFO to Pine with names Bush, Fern, Hemlock, Cedar, Myrtle, Olive, Willow, Larch and Elm. This fits my theory of city planning.
    – Oldcat
    Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 19:22
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    It is naïve to assume that because there is an object named a pine that the street is necessarily named after it - more likely is that the street is named after a Pine (person) than a pine. For example, numerous Hill Street's throughout the British Empire are nowhere near a hill - being named after the Major General Hill who seconded Wellington at Waterloo rather than any geographical landmark. Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 22:31
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    And there must be hundreds of "Rembrandt street"s in the Netherlands where the painter never could have visited let alone lived simply because the towns (or the streets) didn't exist while the man was alive.
    – jwenting
    Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47

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Pine Street, Pine Lake, Laurel...I say nature. As for the streets named after people, I would reference this:http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/history/hgstr.htm ;-)

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