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The Bonanza Age in San Francisco: Emperor Norton I

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Red Rock Island – An Eternal Who’s Who

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Red Rock Island – An Eternal Who’s Who

Riddle: Where in the State of California can one stand in one single spot and at the same time be in two cities and three counties?

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Belvedere – Island or Peninsula?

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Belvedere – Island or Peninsula?

Whether Belvedere is an island – or ever was – has long been debated, and at one point the issue was the subject of bitter litigation.

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The Duel on Angel Island

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The Duel on Angel Island

Quick tempered Californians of that era found other uses for the island as well. Its isolation and seclusion made it an excellent dueling ground.

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Two Celebrities from the 1860s in San Francisco: Bummer and Lazarus

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Two Celebrities from the 1860s in San Francisco: Bummer and Lazarus

In 1860′s San Francisco, two stray dogs who were best friends became local celebrities. Their exploits were celebrated in local papers and they were granted immunity from the city’s dog catchers.

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Colorful People in the History of San Francisco

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Colorful People in the History of San Francisco

The people of San Francisco were no better or worse than those of any other large city, but they were more colorful.        

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