The Excelsior District traditionally has not been among San Francisco's "spotlight" neighborhoods, yet this area is an important residential and commercial zone that is home to some 30,000 residents. These rolling hills south of San Francisco's better-known districts are now covered with row upon row of houses, streets, and apartments. But places like the Excelsior were once sparsely populated, agrarian, and even rural. This volume of vintage photographs chronicles the Excelsior's intriguing journey from rugged swamp and farmland to the busy cosmopolitan neighborhood we know today. It is a tale of determined immigrant families putting down roots in a challenging locale and overcoming adversity to stake out a permanent enclave in this famed city. It is also a story of large-scale construction and reclamation to tame the rugged outskirts of San Francisco.
About the Author
Author Walter G. Jebe Sr. is the president emeritus of the San Francisco History Association, and for 40 years operated a photography business on Mission Street in the heart of the Excelsior. He also served as chair of the mayor's task force to redevelop the famed Old Mint into a museum and as the president of the San Francisco Library Commission. Jebe presents here the surprisingly varied story of the Excelsior through his collection of vintage images, playbills, and memorabilia that will make locals and tourists alike take a fresh look at this diverse and exciting district.