South San Francisco occupies the basin and portions of the sides of a broad valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains on the north and the Coast Range on the west. Most of the valley faces adjacent San Francisco Bay, affording sweeping vistas, from higher levels and a definite sense of identification with the Bay. South San Francisco has mild winters and dry cool summers. The hills to the west shield the city from much of the fog that prevails in neighboring areas.
The population has tripled since World War II with the opening of such subdivisions as Buri Buri, Winston Manor and Westborough on the slopes west of El Camino. It has grown from 4,411 in 1920 to 67,082 in 2019.
South San Francisco offers its citizens a city in which to live comfortably in fine residential areas; a place of recreation in parks, swimming pools, and marina; a place to work in more than 2,800 firms and businesses including many biotech companies such as Genentech which gives the city the title of “Birthplace of Biotechnology”.
South San Francisco originated in the late 19th-century as a site for the establishment of stockyards and a market place for cattle. Incorporated in 1908, the city soon experienced an influx of other industries which included a large shipbuilding industry to support the two World Wars. Since World War II, South San Francisco has supported a well-balanced mix of residential and industrial areas within its boundaries. The city today has a population which has tripled since the end of WW II, with a considerable portion of its real estate devoted to industries which include manufacturing, wholesaling, transportation facilities and utilities. Known as “The Industrial City,” South San Francisco in recent years has also become an important regional center of a burgeoning biotech industry.
Hillside sign in 1987.
In a 1928 special election, South San Francisco voters approved a property tax raise to fund the construction of huge concrete letters on the side of the San Bruno Mountains proclaiming, “SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THE INDUSTRIAL CITY.” The Chamber of Commerce-proposed sign was intended to attract businesses and homeowners to San Francisco’s industrial suburb. Many forms of industry have thrived in South San Francisco from the 19th century into the 21st, and public pride for the hillside sign’s city-boostering message has generally held strong too. At the same time, the sign simplifies the human stories behind the city’s industry and how the meaning of “industry” has changed over time.
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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO TRAILS
San Bruno Summit via Hillside Blvd is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South San Francisco, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round.
San Francisco Bay Trail: South San Francisco is a 15.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South San Francisco, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Sign Hill Park is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South 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.
Centennial Trail: South San Francisco BART to San Bruno BART is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near South 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 best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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