Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide

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No American city has a more colorful history than San Francisco. In this unique book, author Rand Richards not only provides a vivid narrative of this special city from its very beginnings all the way through to the modern era, but also tells where to find the historic buildings, sites, museums, and artifacts that make that history come alive. Just a few of the things you will find in Historic San Francisco are the locations of, and the fascinating histories behind: A 1623 Spanish cannon that once guarded the ...
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Overview

No American city has a more colorful history than San Francisco. In this unique book, author Rand Richards not only provides a vivid narrative of this special city from its very beginnings all the way through to the modern era, but also tells where to find the historic buildings, sites, museums, and artifacts that make that history come alive. Just a few of the things you will find in Historic San Francisco are the locations of, and the fascinating histories behind: A 1623 Spanish cannon that once guarded the entrance to the Golden Gate. A gold nugget discovered by James Marshall at Coloma in January 1848. The last surviving Nob Hill mansion. Relics from the 1906 earthquake and fire including clusters of melted dimes and pennies found in the ruins.
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Library Journal
This combination history/guidebook is divided into ten chapters, each of which provides background information on San Francisco's historic buildings, museums, and artifacts. Profiles of sites or attractions include hours of operation, costs, and a quick biographical sketch of a key figure. Four walking tours, a brief review of the sites, a chronology of events beginning with 1542, a discussion of San Francisco's Victorian architecture, and a review of the earthquake of 1989 are also included. With more versatile and comprehensive guidebooks to San Francisco available, like Randolph Delehanty's San Francisco: The Ultimate Guide ( LJ 6/1/89) and Richard Wurman's practical San Francisco Access (Access Pr., 1991), this is a discretionary purchase for most libraries.-- Susan Fifer Canby, National Geographic Soc. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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Published by Heritage House Publishers, PO Box 194242, San Francisco, CA 94119. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879367050
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 538,149
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rand Richards has been a private investigator, insurance claims adjustor, and advertising executive. He has a B.A. in history and an M.B.A. degree. He has lived in San Francisco since 1972 except for a year spent at Schiller College in Paris, France where he taught international marketing. An avid student of history, he combined that interest with his love for San Francisco to create this book.
Rand is an award-winning historian who is a member of the California Historical Society and several other historical associations. Since writing and publishing Historic San Francisco, Rand has come out with three more books—Historic Walks in San Francisco: 18 Trails Through the City's Past; Haunted San Francisco: Ghost Stories From the City's Past; and Mud, Blood, and Gold: San Francisco in 1849.
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Table of Contents


Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xv
Beginnings (to 1542)     1
The Discovery of San Francisco Bay (1542-1775)     15
The Founding of San Francisco (1776-1847)     31
The Gold Rush (1848-1849)     57
Growing Pains (1850-1859)     77
The Bonanza Age (1859-1880)     99
The Gilded Age (1880-1906)     127
Earthquake and Fire (1906)     171
A New Century (1906-1941)     191
Modern Times (1941-1989)     225
San Francisco's Victorian Architecture     247
Sites and Attractions Recap     255
Chronology     287
Select Bibliography     293
Index     295
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