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San Francisco, California, USA

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Where is San Francisco, California, USA? 

San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

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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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.
San Francisco, California, USA

Scene at the Beach, San Francisco, Cal.

San Francisco, California, USA - Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California, USA

Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California, USA - Lower Gardens, Golden Gate State Park, San Francisco, Cal.
San Francisco, California, USA

Lower Gardens, Golden Gate State Park, San Francisco, Cal.
San Francisco, California, USA - Great Highway and Beach Esplanade, San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco, California, USA

Great Highway and Beach Esplanade, San Francisco, Calif.

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1776 - San Francisco founded

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News  1847 - January 30 – Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco.

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January 30, 1847
1850 - April 15 - City of San Francisco incorporated

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News  1850 - September 17 - Great fire in San Francisco

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September 17, 1850
News  1852 - July 3 - Congress authorizes US's 2nd mint (San Francisco, California)

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July 3, 1852
News  1866 - TERRIBLE EXPLOSION -- GREAT LOSS OF LIFE.
San Francisco, Monday, April 16.

A terrible explosion of what was supposed to be nitro...Read MORE...

News  1868 - Built on Made Land
San Francisco is so largely built on made land that the timbers of old wharves were recently...Read MORE...

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.
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August 22, 1868
1869 - First westbound train arrived in San Francisco

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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...Read MORE...

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...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.

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June 4, 1876
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)

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November 23, 1889
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 -...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,...Read MORE...

1901 - February 22 - The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's SS City of Rio de Janeiro sinks entering San Francisco Bay, killing 128.

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February 22, 1901
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...Read MORE...

News  1906 - Earthquake
April 18, 1906 - An earthquake in San Francisco is followed by four days of a devastating fire. An...Read MORE...

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.

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October 11, 1906
News  1915 - February 20 – In San Francisco the Panama-Pacific International Exposition is opened.

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February 20, 1915
News  1916 - July 22 – In San Francisco, California, a bomb explodes on Market Street during a Preparedness Day parade, killing 10 injuring 40

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July 22, 1916
News  1917 - January 25 – An anti-prostitution drive in San Francisco occurs and police close about 200 prostitution houses.

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January 25, 1917
News  1929 - March 2 – The longest bridge in the world at this time, the San Francisco Bay Toll-Bridge, opens.

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March 2, 1929
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...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...Read MORE...

1939 - February 18 – The Golden Gate International Exposition opens in San Francisco, California.

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February 18, 1939
News  June 26, 1945: United Nations charter signed, San Francisco, CA

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

The blaze broke...Read MORE...

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...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


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

Moulton
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) gravestone
flag  Florence MOULTON (1 March 1869, San Francisco, California, USA - 5 November 1962, , California, USA) gravestone
flag  Frank Fielding MOULTON (9 October 1856, San Francisco, California, USA - 11 March 1920, Menlo Park, San Mateo, California, USA) gravestone
flag  Josiah Watson MOULTON (23 February 1862, San Francisco, California, USA - 23 April 1885, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

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

Ancestors Who Died Here


Brown
flag  James Blanchard BROWN (23 April 1825, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 29 September 1849, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

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

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

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

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

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

McDonell
flag  Walter Stevens MCDONELL (25 December 1870, Waterloo, Quebec, Canada - 1 September 1943, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

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

Moulton
flag  Josiah Watson MOULTON (15 August 1823, Milton, New Hampshire, USA - 25 March 1886, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

MOULTON
flag  Josiah Watson MOULTON (23 February 1862, San Francisco, California, USA - 23 April 1885, San Francisco, California, USA) gravestone

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

Stevens
flag  Rev Albert Edgar STEVENS (Dec 04, 1854 , Nashua, New Hampshire, USA (Dunstable) - Oct 2, 1922, San Francisco, California, USA)

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

Tschirch
immigrant flag  Wilhelm Gustav TSCHIRCH (July 1846, Goerlitz, Saxony, Germany - January 24, 1909, San Francisco, California, USA)
 

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Cemeteries in San Francisco, California, USA

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