San Francisco, California, USA - The
San Francisco, California, USA

The "Cliff House"
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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San Francisco, California, USA - Scene at the Beach, San Francisco, Cal.
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Scene at the Beach, San Francisco, Cal.

San Francisco, California, USA - Fisherman's Wharf
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Upon independence from Spain in 1821, the area became part of Mexico. Under Mexican rule, the mission system gradually ended, and its lands became privatized. In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead, near a boat anchorage around what is today Portsmouth Square. Together with Alcalde Francisco de Haro, he laid out a street plan for the expanded settlement, and the town, named Yerba Buena, began to attract American settlers. Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States on July 7, 1846, during the Mexican–American War, and Captain John B. Montgomery arrived to claim Yerba Buena two days later. Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco on January 30 of the next year, and Mexico officially ceded the territory to the United States at the end of the war. Despite its attractive location as a port and naval base, San Francisco was still a small settlement with inhospitable geography.

The California Gold Rush brought a flood of treasure seekers (known as "forty-niners", as in "1849"). With their sourdough bread in tow, prospectors accumulated in San Francisco over rival Benicia, raising the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December 1849...wikipedia

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1776 - San Francisco founded
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News  1847 - January 30 – Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco.
January 30, 1847
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1850 - April 15 - City of San Francisco incorporated
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News  1850 - September 17 - Great fire in San Francisco
September 17, 1850
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News  1852 - July 3 - Congress authorizes US's 2nd mint (San Francisco, California)
July 3, 1852
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San Francisco, Monday, April 16.

A terrible explosion of what was supposed to be nitro glicerine, occurred at a 1:15 o'clock to-day, near WELLS, FARGO & Co.'s building. The explosion shook the earth like an earthquake for a circle of a quarter of a mile.

SAMUEL KNIGHT, Superintendent of...

News  1868 - Built on Made Land
San Francisco is so largely built on made land that the timbers of old wharves were recently exhumed half a mile from the present water front.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 13, 1868
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News  1868 - In digging a foundation in San Francisco, a heavy barrel was exhumed, and great was the excitement when it became rumored that a barrel of gold dust had been hidden there some twenty years ago.
When opened, it proved to be full of very putrid flour.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
August 22, 1868
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1869 - First westbound train arrived in San Francisco webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ catimeln.htm
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News  1869 - Teaching Chinese Girls
Teachers are to be employed to instruct the Chinese girls in San Francisco, where they are rapidly increasing. The work is undertaken by the churches.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 19, 1869
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1873 - August 2 - A San Francisco cable car travels on Clay Street between Kearny and Jones Streets during its first trial run.
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News  1874 - A Curious Clock
A Thompson, Connecticut, clock company has shipped a curious clock to San Francisco, to be placed in the tower of the greatest hotel on the continent, where it will furnish the time for 500 dials, which are to be operated by compressed air carried in pipes all over the building. The building has...Read MORE...

News  1876 - June 4 - An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City.
June 4, 1876
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1887 - San Francisco experienced its greatest snowstorm of record. Nearly four inches was reported in downtown San Francisco, and the western hills of the city received seven inches. Excited crowds went on a snowball throwing rampage
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News  1889 - November 23 - Debut of 1st jukebox (Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco)
November 23, 1889
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News  1900 - FELL ON MOLTEN GLASS. Scores Killed and Injured by the Collapse of a Roof. SEVERAL ROASTED TO DEATH.
Disaster Occurred at a Football Game in San Francisco - Victims Were Hurled on a Red Hot Furnace - Bodies Drawn From the Retorts With Pokers - The Dead and Injured.

San Francisco (Special). - By the collapse of the roof of the Pacific Glass Works while it was crowded with men and boys who were...Read MORE...

1901 - San Francisco - By the West Gate of the World by Edwin Markham
If Xenophon had journeyed westward from Athens, pressing beyond the amber caverns of the Baltic, beyond the tin mines of Thule, out past the Gates of Hercules, exactly west, across an ocean and a continent, the next Ihalalta of his men would have saluted the Pacific at the Golden Gate from the low, ...Read MORE...

1901 - February 22 - The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's SS City of Rio de Janeiro sinks entering San Francisco Bay, killing 128.
February 22, 1901
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1905 - San Francisco - The popsicle was invented by 11-years-old Frank Epperson in 1905. Epperson (1894-?) lived in San Francisco, California.
Epperson had left a fruit drink out overnight (with a stirrer in it), and it froze, making a new treat. His frozen treat was originally called the Epsicle. Epperson got a patent on his "frozen ice on a stick" many years later, in 1923. The Epsicle was later renamed the popsicle. Epperson also...Read MORE...

News  1906 - Earthquake
April 18, 1906 - An earthquake in San Francisco is followed by four days of a devastating fire. An estimated 3,000 lives are lost and damage is estimated at $500 million in 1906 dollars.

Timeline: U.S. Storm Disasters, American Experience
April 18, 1906
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News  1906 - October 11 – A United States diplomatic crisis with Japan arises when the San Francisco public school board orders Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.
October 11, 1906
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News  1915 - February 20 – In San Francisco the Panama-Pacific International Exposition is opened.
February 20, 1915
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News  1916 - July 22 – In San Francisco, California, a bomb explodes on Market Street during a Preparedness Day parade, killing 10 injuring 40
July 22, 1916
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News  1917 - January 25 – An anti-prostitution drive in San Francisco occurs and police close about 200 prostitution houses.
January 25, 1917
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News  1929 - March 2 – The longest bridge in the world at this time, the San Francisco Bay Toll-Bridge, opens.
March 2, 1929
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News  1933 - January 5 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
Before the project began, many people thought building the bridge was impossible. And when the construction started, most thought that dozens would die in the process. The rule of thumb at the time was that for every million dollars spent on a project, one person would die — and the Golden Gate...Read MORE...

News  1937 - May 27 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic.
The next day, with a push of a telegraph button, President Franklin Roosevelt opened the bridge to cars, too.

The area known as the Golden Gate is the channel formed where the mouth of the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. People used the name Golden Gate as early as 1846, even before...Read MORE...

1939 - February 18 – The Golden Gate International Exposition opens in San Francisco, California.
February 18, 1939
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News  June 26, 1945: United Nations charter signed, San Francisco, CA

The Old Farmer's Almanac
June 26, 1945
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News  1949 - CHINATOWN FIRE DAMAGE $20,000.
San Francisco, Sept. 9. (AP) - A three alarm fire his Chinatown early Thursday.

The blaze broke out in the basement of a vacant three story building on California street just above Grant. It was controlled in a half hour. Fire Chief EDWARD P. WALSH estimated damage at $20,000.

Seventy five...

News  1956 - January 9 - First "Dear Abby" column appears in San Francisco Chronicle
How Dear Abby column started at The Chronicle
TODAY'S EXTRA: Her column of sage advice started at The Chronicle
By Peter Hartlaub Published 4:00 am, Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pauline Phillips walked into the Chronicle building 53 years ago this month with almost no chance of getting the...Read MORE...

1962 - January 21 - Snow falls in San Francisco
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1989 - October 17 - An earthquake in San Francisco (6.9 on the Richter scale) kills 67 people and leads to the cancellation of game 3 of the World Series.
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1989 - October 17 - An earthquake in San Francisco (6.9 on the Richter scale) kills 67 people and leads to the cancellation of game 3 of the World Series.
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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Stephen C. Glover (25 September 1866, San Francisco, California, USA - 25 April 1912, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

flag  Addie Moulton (14 March 1854, San Francisco, California, USA - , )
flag  Alice Moulton (14 March 1854, San Francisco, California, USA - 9 March 1933, Piedmont, Alameda, California, USA)
flag  Florence Moulton (1 March 1869, San Francisco, California, USA - 5 November 1962, , California, USA)
flag  Frank Fielding Moulton (9 October 1856, San Francisco, California, USA - 11 March 1920, Menlo Park, San Mateo, California, USA)
flag  Josiah Watson Moulton (23 February 1862, San Francisco, California, USA - 23 April 1885, San Francisco, California, USA)

 flag  George Whittell (28 September 1881, San Francisco, California, USA - 17 April 1969, San Mateo, California, USA) gravestone

Ancestors Who Died Here

immigrant flag  Dennis George Clary (8 December 1839, , County Kerry, Ireland - 2 June 1912, San Francisco, California, USA)

flag  James Ann Crow (14 February 1842, , Kentucky, USA - 15 May 1916, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

World War II Soldier flag  Burdette Mase Fitch (12 February 1896, , Kansas, USA - 6 November 1977, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

 U.S. President flag  Warren Gamaliel Harding (2 November 1865, , Ohio, USA - 2 August 1923, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

flag  Arthur Laliberte (29 January 1911, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA - 25 January 1983, San Francisco, California, USA)

  Walter Stevens McDonell (Dec 25, 1870, Waterloo,Quebec, Canada - Sept ,1, 1943, San Francisco, California, USA)

flag  Fred S. Mcmahon (1824, , Ireland - 5 April 1869, San Francisco, California, USA)

flag  Josiah Watson Moulton (23 February 1862, San Francisco, California, USA - 23 April 1885, San Francisco, California, USA)
flag  Josiah Watson Moulton (15 August 1823, Milton, New Hampshire, USA - 25 March 1886, San Francisco, California, USA)

flag  Adeline Wittemore Parker (July 1827, Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - 21 July 1901, San Francisco, California, USA)

 flag  Jackson Temple (11 August 1827, Heath, Massachusetts, USA - 25 December 1902, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

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