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History of San Francisco’s Parks, Plazas, & Public Squares

History of San Francisco's Parks, Plazas, & Public Squares

The History of San Francisco's Park & Plazas will be a series of articles exploring the history of San Francisco's parks, plazas, and public squares. Why San Francisco? As a Bay Area resident from 2000-2008 I became very ...

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Index of Old San Francisco Street Names

Index of Old San Francisco Street Names

You can now find an online index of San Francisco's historical street names. The index contains a list of street names that have been altered over the years, as well as street names that have ...

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Historical Bibliography of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire

The following is a historical bibliography of works related to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires. The bibliography was originally prepared by the San Francisco Public Library and published in the city's San Francisco Municipal ...

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Here's an image of the old Fletcher Drive train trestle. Home restaurant is near the steel pylons on the left-hand side of the street (Image courtesy of http://atwater-village.blogspot.com/).

Lost L.A.: The Abandoned Corralitas Streetcar Line

In the triangle-shaped neighborhood between the Silver Lake Reservoir, the Glendale Freeway, and the I-5 Freeway is a little piece of Los Angeles history that is lost, but not forgotten. The Corralitas Trail is a ...

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Contemporaneous description of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast

This short article appeared in the Daily Alta California newspaper on May 19, 1852 and provides a contemporaneous description of the city’s infamous Barbary Coast quarter, then called Sydney Town. The article describes a scene on Pacific Street, probably located somewhere between Stockton and Montgomery or Sansome Streets. “BAD CHARACTERS. Pacific street has justly obtained an [...]

From the Reference Desk: The San Francisco Chronicle Encourages You To “Die Now”

Notice found in an issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, dated March 27, 1867: “Worthy of Note. Persons contemplating dying soon are remined that the present times are favorable towards the securing of a respectable crowd of mourners. This is mainly owing to the fact that the Central R.R. Company charge but one fare to [...]

Here's an image of the old Fletcher Drive train trestle. Home restaurant is near the steel pylons on the left-hand side of the street (Image courtesy of http://atwater-village.blogspot.com/).

Lost L.A.: The Abandoned Corralitas Streetcar Line

In the triangle-shaped neighborhood between the Silver Lake Reservoir, the Glendale Freeway, and the I-5 Freeway is a little piece of Los Angeles history that is lost, but not forgotten. The Corralitas Trail is a little-know urban hike that follows an abandoned Pacific Electric streetcar line that used to run between downtown Los Angeles and [...]

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Using Google Tools to Improve Findability and Access to UCLA’s Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

UCLA’s Young Research Library maintains a great collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of the metropolitan Los Angeles area, including Venice, San Pedro, Culver City, and North Hollywood. From about the 1870s until the 1970s, the Sanborn Company was one of a few companies that specialized in producing fire insurance maps for the purpose of [...]