old city by West Coast standards, San Francisco is known for its rich
and colorful history. In 1769,
a Spanish land expedition led by Gaspar de Portolą discovered San Francisco
Bay on a trek north from Mexico. In 1775, San Juan Manuel de Ayala sailed
into the bay for the first time, soon followed on land by Father Junipero
Serra who built the Mission Dolores.
California joined the Union, gold was discovered and San Francisco became
world-famous as the place where fortunes could be made. In 1849, the Gold
Rush began and thousands of fortune seekers-the famed '49ers-crowded into
the city. In just four years, the city's population rose from about 800
in 1848 to 35,000 in 1852.
and restaurants sprang up to house the visitors who were pouring in. The
city needed bankers, companies to outfit the miners, communications and
made a fortune providing miners with blue jeans, while Leland Stanford,
Charles Crocker, Collins P. Huntington and Mark Hopkins financed the transcontinental
severe challenge to the city came in 1906, when a major earthquake followed
by several days of fire devastated much of San Francisco, killing 700
people and destroying some 28,000 buildings. In the years following the
great quake, the city rebuilt itself making a remarkable recovery. On
June 9, 1911, a group of businessmen signed an article of incorporation
founding the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Over the next 30 years,
the city built a grand City Hall and Civic Center, the Hetch Hetchy Water
System, the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges and the first public municipal
transit system in the United States.
combines sheer physical beauty, cultural diversity, leisure and recreational
an ideal climate. Surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean
and San Francisco Bay, San Francisco's compact 46 square miles (125 sq.
km.) crowd the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula. "The City" has
a population of 723,959; nevertheless it looms large in the imagination
as the hub of the greater Bay Area. The nation's fifth largest metropolitan
region registers a population of 6 million and hosts over 16 million visitors,
conventioneers and business travelers each year. Temperatures in
San Francisco are probably the mildest in California, thanks to the bay's
mediating influences, with summertime highs averaging around 65°F (18°C)
and wintertime lows around 47°F (8°C). Average annual rainfall is
19.3 inches per year, with most of that coming in the winter months.
visited San Francisco three times, and every time is a joy. The
city's unique architecture and homey feeling remind us of home.
We find many similarities between
San Francisco and
the buildings, to the steep, hilly streets, to the beautiful city views
of the water. On our trips, we have visited some of San Francisco's
tourist attractions, such as the
Golden Gate Bridge,
Pier 39, and
Chinatown, but there are many other still yet to discover. Although
San Francisco has the one of the highest cost of living indexes in the
United States, it was ranked by Money magazine's
Best Places to Live as the best big city in which to live in the western
Stanford University and
University of California
at Berkeley make that sound even more enticing...
links to all kinds of information about the city in our
San Francisco Directory.
Simply click on the links to visit the site indicated. We've also
provided photographs of our trips in our
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