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Tide of Empire on the San Francisco Bay

Tide of Empire on the San Francisco Bay

Go to the narrows of the strait where the ocean has cleft the western mountain wall and invaded the continent.

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Bridges as Symbols – The Golden Gate Bridge

Bridges as Symbols – The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge, too, can only be grasped in terms of its full setting.

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Bridges as Symbols – The Bay Bridge

Bridges as Symbols – The Bay Bridge

The great bridges of history have been expressions of the spirit of the civilizations which produced them. Perhaps because a bridge is both a joining together and a means of expanding human freedom, men have long recognized bridges as symbols of human and religious values.

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Night in the San Francisco Bay

Night in the San Francisco Bay

Just after sundown the San Francisco Bay is a pool of light in the darkening evening.

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Day’s End in the San Francisco Bay

Day’s End in the San Francisco Bay

All day a moving cloud canopy has hung over the gray bay, occasionally trailing long banners of rain which stippled the waters and gently sprinkled the shores.

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History of San Francisco

Three Years after the 1906 Quake

Three Years after the 1906 Quake

Although the amount of insurance could never completely cover all property and personal losses in a disaster of such first magnitude as that of 1906 in San Francisco, it did provide instant means, when, as happened in some cases, it was promptly collected and put to use.

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1906: The First Phase of Reconstruction

1906: The First Phase of Reconstruction

The ruins of San Francisco had hardly cooled before the first phase of reconstruction, necessarily a negative one, began: this consisted in the removal of debris, ruined stone walls, and masses of twisted steel.

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1906: The Rebuild of a Great City

1906: The Rebuild of a Great City

Since relief measures are meant to be but temporary, the real test of San Francisco was to come with the emergence of the multiplicity of problems that were the city’s, when reconstruction was discussed.

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The Aftermath of the 1906 Quake in San Francisco

The Aftermath of the 1906 Quake in San Francisco

As might have been expected, there were several examples of thieves at work while the city was in its hours of crisis.

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The Rebuild of San Francisco in 1906

The Rebuild of San Francisco in 1906

It should be noted how fortunate San Francisco was in the person of its mayor, Eugene Schmitz, in its days of utmost crisis.

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San Francisco Bay

The Lesser Spans: Richmond – San Rafael Bridge

The Lesser Spans: Richmond – San Rafael Bridge

Spanning various arms of the San Francisco Bay are several smaller bridges, such as the Southern Pacific railroad bridge between Martinez and Benicia, the drawbridge at Antioch over the San Joaquin channel, and the curving span over Richardson Bay, just north of Sausalito.

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The Lesser Spans – San Mateo Bridge

The Lesser Spans – San Mateo Bridge

After the finishing of the Benicia-Martinez-Bridge, two years later the San Francisco Bay was spanned again, this time by a low-level drawbridge at the midpoint of the lower bay near San Mateo.

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The Lesser Spans – Benicia-Martinez-Bridge

The Lesser Spans – Benicia-Martinez-Bridge

The first of the San Francisco Bay’s high – level bridges was the spectacular four – thousand – foot cantilever structure built in 1927 across the „inner Golden Gate“ at Carquinez, with a three-lane deck high enough to allow the passage of ships to Stockton.

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A Half Century of Bridges – Dumbarton Bridge

A Half Century of Bridges – Dumbarton Bridge

The fame of the two biggest bridges has eclipsed the fact that the bay had been spanned several times previously and that new crossings are still being constructed. The San Francisco Bay’s first bridge was a railroad trestle built in 1906 by the Southern Pacific at the narrow of the shallow southern part of the […]

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Out of the North

Out of the North

Cold spells on the bay are rare. San Francisco is kept warm in winter, as it is kept cool in summer, by the even-temperatured waters around it.

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Curiosities of San Francisco

The Bonanza Age in San Francisco: Emperor Norton I

The Bonanza Age in San Francisco: Emperor Norton I

By 1876, San Francisco had reached the respectable age of one hundred, since both presidio and mission date from 1776.

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The Spectacle at the Gate

The Spectacle at the Gate

The most spectacular show put on by the fog takes the place at the narrows of the Golden Gate.

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Goat Island – Yerba Buena

Goat Island – Yerba Buena

Replete with legendary treasures, Yerba Buena has also been generously endowed with names, having had a various times more titles than all the bay’s other major islands together.

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The Legend of Don Abecco Monte Janeiro – Yerba Buena

The Legend of Don Abecco Monte Janeiro – Yerba Buena

Among Yerba Buena’s other legends of treasure one has a particularly imaginative twist.

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The Lost Treasure of Mission Dolores

The Lost Treasure of Mission Dolores

One of Yerba Buena’s earliest legends arose out of the Mexican Government’s secularization of the California missions in 1833.

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