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Introduction To San Francisco

San Francisco holds a secure place in the United States’ romantic dream of itself—a cool, elegant, handsome, worldly seaport whose steep streets offer breathtaking views of one of the world’s greatest bays. According to the dream, San Franciscans are sophisticates whose lives hold full measures of such civilized pleasures as music, art, and good food.

To San Franciscans their city is a magical place, almost an island, saved by its location and history from the sprawl and monotony that afflicts so much of urban California.

Read More https://www.britannica.com/place/San-Francisco-California/Landscape

 

San Francisco Overview

History

History Of San Francisco

Before Europeans arrived two groups of Native Americans lived in the San Francisco area, the Ohlone and the Miwok. They were hunter-gatherers and they lived by hunting animals, fishing and collecting shellfish and nuts and fruit. Francis Drake anchored his ship off Point Reyes in 1579 yet he failed to discover San Francisco Bay. Much later, in 1769 Gaspar de Portola led a Spanish expedition overland and he found the bay. Then in 1776 Juan de Anza led a group of settlers to San Francisco Bay and they built a fort called a presidio. In 1797 a mission was founded.

San Francisco in the 19th Century

In the early 19th century whaling ships and traders came to the bay. Then in 1821 Mexico (which included California) broke away from Spain and became a republic. Then in 1828 Jedediah Smith crossed the Sierra Nevada mountains to reach San Francisco Bay. An Englishman called William Richardson founded a settlement by San Francisco bay in 1835. He called it Yerba Buena. During the 1830s and early 1840s many Americans came to live in the new settlement.

Then in 1846 the USA annexed California. On 9 July 1846 USS Portsmouth sailed into San Francisco Bay and sailors and marines went ashore and raised the US flag. The little settlement of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco (after the bay) on 30 January 1847. At that time San Francisco only had a population of about 800. However in 1848 a man named James Marshall discovered gold. News of the find reached New York in December 1848. As a result people went to San Francisco in their thousands and the population boomed. In 1849 the population of San Francisco reached 25,000.

However on 4 May 1851 San Francisco was devastated by a fire. However the town was soon rebuilt. San Francisco waterworks began in 1857.

However by 1853 the gold boom was ending. Then, in 1859 Henry Comstock discovered silver. Unlike gold the silver required expensive equipment to extract so a number of ‘silver barons’ were the main beneficiaries. Meanwhile businessmen dreamed of a trans-continental railroad. It was completed in 1869.

During the late 19th century San Francisco continued to develop. The first cable car service began in Clay Street in 1873. Meanwhile in 1870 San Francisco had a population of almost 150,000. By 1900 San Francisco had a population of over 300,000.

San Francisco in the 20th Century

However on 18 April 1906 at about 5.15 a.m. an earthquake struck San Francisco. It measured 8.25 on the Richter scale and it caused widespread devastation. Yet the fires that followed caused even more destruction. They raged for 3 days. Afterwards about 28,000 buildings were destroyed and 250,000 people were made homeless. The exact number of dead is not known. Yet after the earthquake San Francisco was rebuilt.

Meanwhile San Francisco suffered an outbreak of bubonic plague in the years between 1900 and 1904. It killed 113 people. San Francisco suffered an outbreak of bubonic plague between 1907 and 1909. This time 190 people died.

Many grand new buildings were erected in the early 20th century. Hallidie Building was erected in 1917. Saints Peter and Paul Church was built in 1924. Coit Tower was built in 1933. Work on the Golden Gate Bridge began in 1934 and it opened on 27 May 1937. (Tragically shortly before it opened 11 construction workers were killed).

In May 1934 longshoremen in San Francisco went on strike. On 5 July 1934 known as Bloody Thursday, fighting began between police and strikers. Two of the strikers, Nick Bordoise and Howard Sperry were killed.

A military prison was built on Alcatraz Island in 1912. In 1934 it was made into a civilian prison for ‘incorrigible’ prisoners. Alcatraz prison closed in 1963. In November 1969 Native Americans took over the island as a protest. They left in 1971. Alcatraz is now a popular tourist destination. During the 1950s San Francisco was known for Beatniks. In the 1960s it was known for hippies. Today it is known for its gay scene.

In October 1989 an earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter scale hit San Francisco and killed 9 people. Then in 1992 fire swept the Oakland Hills and it destroyed 3,000 homes.

San Francisco in the 21st Century

However today San Francisco is a flourishing city. It is also a multicultural city. Among its peoples are Hispanics, Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos. In 2017 the population of San Francisco was 884,000.

Read More – https://www.sfhistory.org/

 

11 Interesting Facts

11 Interesting Facts About San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its Golden Gate Bridge, steep streets, Alcatraz, and – you got it – Full House. The thirteenth largest city in the United States also has some pretty interesting historical facts. Check out these 11 interesting facts about San Francisco!

  1. During the Great Depression, not a single bank in San Francisco failed. In fact, business was so good that the city constructed the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oakland Bay Bridge during the Depression.
  2. The United Nations Charter was drafted and ratified in San Francisco in 1945.
  3. The Beatles gave their last full concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. 25,000 tickets were sold, although the park had capacity for 42,000 people. The band played 11 songs, and lost money on the concert.
  4. The Gold Rush resulted in San Francisco’s port becoming packed with abandoned ships. With demand to build the city up, the ships were torn apart and repurposed for homes, banks, and businesses.
  5. In 1906, three quarters of the city was destroyed by an earthquake and fire. The earthquake was the first natural disaster to be documented in photographs. The resulting fire burned for four days, and caused more than $8 billion in damage in today’s dollars.
  6. Redwood trees helped salvage the city from the 1906 fire. Redwood has low resin content and a porous grain, which takes in lots of water. When fire reached a building made of resin, they didn’t burn as quickly.
  7. The U.S. Navy originally planned to paint the Golden Gate Bridge black with yellow stripes. The famed “International Orange” color was intended to be a sealant.
  8. San Francisco’s cable cars are the only National Historical Monument that can move. The cables that pull the cars run at a constant speed of 9.5 MPH.
  9. The United States’ first Chinese immigrants came to San Francisco in 1848. Perhaps ironically, the Japanese Hagiwara family invented “Chinese” fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Park’s Tea Garden.
  10. San Francisco resident Joshua Abraham Norton self-declared himself the Emperor of the United States. When he died, 10,000 people turned out to pay their respects.
  11. Levi Strauss invented denim jeans in San Francisco for the Gold Rush miners who needed durable yet comfortable clothing.

 

San Francisco

Community, Schools and City Links

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The SF Chamber’s Mission

The SF Chamber of Commerce is the only organization that champions all businesses across all industries in the City. We attract, support, and grow business through advocacy, economic development, and business development.

Small Business – https://sfchamber.com/resources/small-business-resources/

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/SFChamber/

INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/sf_chamber/

TWITTER – https://twitter.com/SF_Chamber

LINKEDIN – https://www.linkedin.com/company/san-francisco-chamber-of-commerce

 

SAN FRANCISCO TRAILS

Lands End Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/lands-end-trail?ref=result-card

 

Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Francisco, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/walk-across-the-golden-gate-bridge?ref=result-card

 

Mount Sutro Loop is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/mount-sutro-loop?ref=result-card

 

Batteries to Bluffs Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/batteries-to-bluffs-trail?ref=result-card

 

California Coastal Trail: Lands End to Golden Gate Bridge is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/california-coastal-trail-lands-end-to-golden-gate-bridge?ref=result-card

 

Fort Funston Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/fort-funston-trail?ref=result-card

 

Seal Rocks Beach is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Francisco, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/seal-rocks-beach?ref=result-card

 

Golden Gate Park Loop is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/golden-gate-park-trail?ref=result-card

 

Presidio Loop Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/presidio-loop-trail?ref=result-card

 

Glen Canyon Park is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/glen-canyon-park-trail?ref=result-card

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