Children's LiteratureThis "Travel Guide" series allows readers to explore and experience the culture of San Francisco in the sixties. The earliest residents of San Francisco arriving about fifteen thousand years ago were the Native Americans. The first European visitors arrived in 1769, after traveling 450 miles from San Diego. The 1848 discovery of gold profited San Francisco merchants including jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss and coffee leader James Folger and greatly contributed to the city's financial and cultural distinction. The earthquake of 1906 and subsequent fires destroyed much of the city, but in five years a more modern San Francisco was developed. Some of the most distinct landmarks of the city include the Oakland Bay Bridge completed in 1937 and the Golden Gate Bridge completed in 1937. In fact, the Golden Gate Bridge was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Other area attractions include the Steinhart Aquarium and Japanese Tea Garden located in Golden Gate Park. The Exploratorium, a hand-on science museum, is housed in the Palace of Fine Arts; a complex of Greco-Roman style domes and columns built in 1915. Distinctive areas of the city include the San Francisco Bay, Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. If the sites and culture of San Francisco is not what you want, there are several day trips available to visitors including Marin County, Gold Country, Lake Tahoe, Berkeley and Yosemite National Park. To enhance learning the book includes black and white maps, diagrams, photographs and an annotated bibliography. 2004, Lucent Books/The Gale Group, Ages 11 to 13.