San Francisco, known to its residents as The City, has a long and very colorful history. Dating as far back as the 1500s it has been shrouded in the mystery of historical events that have literally shaken the very foundation of The City and changed the very fabric of its existence. In 1849, James Marshall made a discovery of gold in a Sierra sawmill and it was then that San Francisco became the closest port to the famous “Mother Lode,” the site of the Gold Rush in the West.
After this huge discovery and the overnight creation of many new fortunes, the gold fever spread and over 50,000 people flocked to (and through) San Francisco, then a small harbor town, in search of their riches. Soon enough The City began to flourish as more and more buildings were going up and the city limits were spreading. Investors from all over the world were intrigued with the prospect of making a fortune and poured in to aid in the further development of The City’s businesses and homes. San Francisco continued to thrive as the Gold Rush was in full boom and in full swing.
The City has just finished settling into its new, cosmopolitan role, following the booms and busts of the gold craze, when the San Andreas Fault literally shrugged its shoulders. In the mid-morning hours of April 18, 1906, a monumental earthquake turned The City upside down and leveled areas from South of Market to the Presidio, also whipping around the rockier areas of San Francisco. The City was devastated and fires that broke out practically all over the city because of broken gas lines. There was not enough manpower or water to fight off all of the fires and many buildings and homes perished because of it, leaving many homeless. Some people began to take to the streets and started looting homes and businesses. The Mayor enacted martial law for a brief period to stop the chaos. San Francisco began to rebuild over the warm ashes of the aftermath to insure The City’s future and the investments intended to take it there.
Bringing the statistics to life
San Francisco is the fourth most populated city in California and takes 12th place in the United States. The City has been hailed for its unique beauty, popular attractions and historical sites. San Francisco is located on the West Coast of the U.S. and shares its proximity to the Pacific Ocean with its location right on the San Francisco Bay. It is surrounded on three sides by water, often making the weather foggy and chilly. The City is temperate, even cool, almost the entire year round. Mark Twain once wrote “”The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.”
The City is a thoroughfare and a flea market all in one, full of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds making for a flavorfully diverse city. The splendid architecture is another indication of how diverse the city is, with buildings such as the Palace of Fine Arts, City Hall, Asian Art Museum and the Palace of the Legion of Honor, which are among The City’s oldest architectural marvels. Some of the popular cultural and musical interests include the City Ballet, the opera, the symphony, Philharmonic and the Baroque Orchestra. These are all favorite pastimes of the residents of The City.
Not only is The City rich in history and culture but the attractions here are nothing short of amazing, as well as being intertwined in the history of this great city. From Alcatraz Island, Hearst Castle, the Presidio, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Park to the Golden Gate Bridge, Candlestick Park and the Coastal Trail, San Francisco has a world-class collection of sights and sites to amaze, educate and entertain. In fact, among the best places to learn about the history of The City are the wonderful museums that it has to offer. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is home to several 20th century contemporary collections and attracts over 600,000 guests annually. The De Young Museum and the Asian Art Museum are great places to view significant anthropological and non-European pieces.
The Palace of Fine Arts that was built in 1915 is home to the famous Exploratorium, which houses several popular science attractions. Here, you and the family can get some hands-on experience with science, and learn through interaction how certain things work. The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum where the Steinhart Aquarium and Morrison Planetarium are housed. The programs and exhibits at all of these spots are intriguing for visitors of all ages, and make San Francisco one of the true international cities in America.
San Francisco is a wonderful city that is rich with history, culture and beauty. It is one of the best places in the world to live, as well as visit, and you will be enchanted by the lasting impression that it has on you.
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