Alcatraz "The Rock" Federal prison of 1934 was first a lighthouse in 1854.
Juan Bautista de Anza (on horse by mission) is credited with settling San Francisco in 1776 with 34 Spanish families. Named the Bay after St. Francis, town later adopted Bays name. De Anza established the Presidio and the Mission.
Mayor Willie Brown voted into office for 2 terms to lead San Francisco into the new millennium.
Cable Cars invented in San Francisco in 1873.
Herb Caen (in Cable Car) in memory of the beloved San Francisco Chronicle columnist, poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor (Lincoln Park) major West Coast Art Museum (left corner) and home of the Thinker by Auguste Rodin.
Californios - under Mexican rule, lived a carefree life with frequent fiestas and sporting events.
Castro Theater of Noe Valley, heart of the largest gay community in the world.
China Clipper popular seaplane used at Treasure Island in the 30s and 40s,
Chinatown once had the largest population of Chinese outside of China.
Chinese came in 1848 in search of gold and struck it rich in the laundry business. The Dragon Chinatown gate was erected in 1970.
City Hall opened in 1915 and is referred to as "The Crown Jewel" of American public buildings. Remodeled 1995 - 1999.
Civic Center, Gates of Gold and Black (San Franciscos official colors).
Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill completed in 1933 as legacy of Lillie Coit.
Conservatory of Flowers 1879.
|The Dahlia, blossom of infinite variety and color, voted Official Flower of San Francisco in 1926. A fitting representation of San Franciscos ethnic, cultural and lifestyle diversities.
Dewey Monument at Union Square 1898 Spanish American war Naval War Victory.
The Ferry Building 1898 gateway and symbol of San Francisco. The Ferry Building clock stopped at 5:16 A.M. reminds us of the April 18, 1906 Earthquake.
Fishermans Wharf began when Italians of 1850s turned from gold mining to fishing.
Fort Point 1861 Civil War fort, under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Ghirardelli began making fine Italian chocolate on the waterfront in 1852.
Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the nations largest urban National Park.
Golden Gate Park construction started in 1870 of this woodland oasis in an already congested city.
Grace Cathedral, cornerstone laid in 1910 sits atop Nob Hill, hill of Palaces and Opulent hotels.
Japanese Tea Garden Torii Portal and Moon Bridge 1894.
William Leidesdorff, from the Virgin Islands, came to San Francisco in 1841, became American Vice-consul and a beloved social, commercial and political influence.
Levi Strauss & Co. began jean fashion in 1853 for gold miners.
Lombard Street on Russian Hill is the worlds crookedest street.
Mission Dolores Established in 1776, the well loved chapel was built by Indian labor in 1791 and is the oldest surviving building in San Francisco.
Emperor Norton self proclaimed Emperor of San Francisco, arrived in San Francisco in 1849, was popular for his thoughtful considerations.
Ohlone Indians have lived throughout the Bay Area for over 4,000 years. Their abundant, peaceful life, in the natural richness of the Pacific Coast, was decimated by the intrusion of new cultures.
|Palace of Fine Arts a wonderful place for quiet contemplation or a tranquil walk, was built in 1915 for Panama Pacific Exposition.
Mammie Pleasant from Louisiana Swampland, became wealthy, powerful and famous for her San Francisco business dealings beginning in 1849.
Presidio of San Francisco since 1776 has served Spanish, Mexican and American militaries.
The 1806 unrequited love story of the Russian Chamberlain Rezonov, of Fort Ross, and Conception Arguello, "La Beata", the blessed one, for her good works with the poor and establishing schools. (couple at center fountain)
St Francis Hotel a tradition of the elite. The present building at Union Square remains one of the Citys most fashionable hostelries.
Old St Marys Church, 1854, brought around the Horn, survived the 1906 earthquake.
St. Peter & Paul Cathedral dedicated in 1924 serves an Italian, Cantonese and English congregation.
San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge opened in 1936.
Sea Lions at Pier 39 number as many as 600.
Sutro Towers tallest structure in San Francisco.
Temple Sherith Israel began in 1849, present synagogue built in 1904.
Transamerica Pyramid, built in 1972, most recognizable structure of the skyline.
Treasure Island, man made island for 1939 Exposition, became a Naval Base and is now a popular housing development.
Twin Peaks 2nd and 3rd highest hills in San Francisco.
Union Square in the midst of San Franciscos exclusive shopping district, named for a Pro-Union demonstration during the Civil War, was once surrounded by churches.
49 mile Scenic Drive do-it-yourself sightseeing tour.