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Horse “Omnibus” – The Story of the Cable Cars – Part 2

June 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Horse “Omnibus” – The Story of the Cable Cars – Part 2

It is not surprising that San Francisco’s Cable Car transportation “system” if, indeed, it merited such a name, was not exactly planned.

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Ride on the Rope – The Story of the Cable Cars – Part 1

June 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Ride on the Rope – The Story of the Cable Cars – Part 1

It would be neither possible nor acceptable to tell the story of San Francisco without some account of how her “peculiar institution,” as it has been called, came into being over a century ago.

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“People’s Park” of San Francisco

June 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
“People’s Park” of San Francisco

Between 1900 and 1950, tremendous urban growth was recorded in the Richmond, Sunset, and Parkside districts.

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“Invasions” of Golden Gate Park

June 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
“Invasions” of Golden Gate Park

An “invasion“ of Golden Gate Park which was not favored by Superintendent McLaren came between 1892 and 1894 when a group of San Francisco businessmen organized the California Midwinter Fair.

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“Uncle John” McLaren and his Golden Gate Park

June 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
“Uncle John” McLaren and his Golden Gate Park

In 1887, Hall, who had returned as park superintendent for one year on an unpaid, part-time basis, brought in this promising young Scotsman, John Hays McLaren, to server and train under him as assistant superintendent of the park.

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The Windmills of the Golden Gate Park

May 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Windmills of the Golden Gate Park

A problem of immediate urgency concerned the water supply for the Golden Gate Park. For seven years, 1870 – 1877, the Spring Valley Water Company supplied the park with 100,000 gallons daily.

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The Golden Gate Park and the Blowing Sand

May 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Golden Gate Park and the Blowing Sand

The primitive and underdeveloped area selected for the site of Golden Gate Park was about the most undesirable in San Francisco.It was a section of sand dunes, ice plant, and other succulents with could derive but meagre sustenance from the air and sand.

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The Engineer of the Golden Gate Park: William Hammond Hall

May 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Engineer of the Golden Gate Park: William Hammond Hall

In 1870, Golden Gate Park finally came into being through the creation, by the state legislature, of a five man park commission. (It is interesting to note that, from 1870 – 1900, the Park Commissioners were appointed and their acts controlled by the State of California rather than by the city and country of San […]

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Golden Gate Park: The Mayor and the Squatters

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Golden Gate Park: The Mayor and the Squatters

The first decision of the courts, granting only 10,000 acres, left the title unsettled as to all land west of Divisadero Street, a district then mainly occupied by squatters. Upon appeal, the city’s title to the larger area was confirmed in 1866, and the states legislature authorized the conveyance to squatters and other claimants of […]

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Golden Gate: The People’s Park of San Francisco

May 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Golden Gate: The People’s Park of San Francisco

The people of the State of California do enact as follows: the land designated upon a map of the Outside Lands of the City and County of San Francisco, by the word “Park” to wit: Extending from Stanyan Street of the East to the Pacific Ocean, is hereby designated and shall be known as the […]

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