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The Flamboyant 1870s in San Francisco

December 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Flamboyant 1870s in San Francisco

In San Francisco, the 1870s witnessed the amazing (and, in some cases, the flamboyant) exhibition of wealth by some emerging tycoons.

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The First Transcontinental Train arriving in San Francisco

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The First Transcontinental Train arriving in San Francisco

San Francisco did not sleep through the 1860s. With the discovery of vast silver deposits on what became known as the Comstock Lode in the Virginia City, Nevada, area, the city became the beneficiary of a bonanza.

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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 Terry-Broderick Duel โ€“ Part 3/3

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The Terry-Broderick Duel โ€“ Part 3/3

After he lost the duel and was severely wounded, Broderick was taken to a friendโ€™s home at Black Point in the Fort Mason area where he expired three days later.

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The Terry-Broderick Duel โ€“ Part 2/3

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The Terry-Broderick Duel โ€“ Part 2/3

A great deal of publicity followed the two principals, Broderick and Terry, as it was to be expected, and since their encounter was clearly against a state law which prohibited dueling, Police Chief Martin J, Bruke of San Francisco arrested the two men at the site; however, a local police judge dismissed the men with […]

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The Terry-Broderick Duel โ€“ Part 1/3

December 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Terry-Broderick Duel โ€“ Part 1/3

The end of the turbulent decade of the 1850s in San Francisco was marked by a celebrated duel – the last of its kind in California โ€“ which found a United States senator matched with his political opponent in the California Democratic party who, up until his resignation the day before the duel, had served […]

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The First Fire Departments in San Francisco

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The First Fire Departments in San Francisco

Some mention should be made here of the formation of the early volunteer fire departments of San Francisco which were born on real necessity.

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After the Great Fire: The New San Francisco

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After the Great Fire: The New San Francisco

The new San Francisco which was to result from the Great Fire of 1851 was to be more than a little different.

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The 4th and the “Great Fire” in San Francisco

November 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
The 4th and the “Great Fire” in San Francisco

This fourth fire struck on Tuesday, September 17, 1850, when the block bounded by Montgomery, Washington, Dupont streets, and Pacific Avenue again when with a loss, though the least of any thus far.

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Fire No. 3 in San Francisco – June 1850

November 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fire No. 3 in San Francisco – June 1850

The third fire was bigger if not better: It came on Friday, June 14, 1850 with a recorded loss of $5 million coupled with the destruction of yet another three hundred structures.

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