San Francisco's Lost Landmarks

San Francisco's Lost Landmarks

by James R Smith

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With long-forgotten stories and evocative photographs, this collection showcases the once-familiar sites that have faded into dim memories and hazy legends. Not just a list of places, facts, and dates, this pictorial history shows why San Francisco has been a legendary travel destination and one of the world's premier places to live and work for more than 150 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884995446
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 382,435
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1The Original Land and Shores: Sculpting a City1
Walk Around the Coastline-Mid-Nineteenth Century4
Islands and Rocks5
The Filling of the Bay and the Abandoned Gold Rush Fleet8
Tearing Down the Hills15
San Francisco's Sand Dunes and Marshland21
Shelly Cocoas22
Chapter 2Amusement Parks27
Woodward's Gardens27
Remembrance of Woodward's Gardens31
The Chutes on Haight Street37
The Chutes at Tenth and Fulton40
The Fillmore Street Chutes43
Playland at the Beach44
Herb Caen's View on Playland54
Chapter 3Ocean, Bay & Wharf-side Attractions55
Meigg's Wharf and the Cobweb Palace55
Cobweb Palace58
Sutro Heights59
Adolph Sutro's San Francisco59
The Cliff House61
The Cliff House and the Parallel62
Sutro's Baths & Museum66
Memories of Sutro Baths70
Chapter 4Gambling Houses, Parlors, Clubs, Saloons and Dives71
The Gold Rush Era72
The Enterprise Years76
Post-Quake San Francisco79
The Depression and War Years82
The Fillmore Jazz Clubs86
The Beat Era-Post WWII87
The Primalon on Fillmore Street87
The Curtain Falls88
David de Alba at the Finocchio Club89
Chapter 5Early Theatres & Stage91
The Early Years-First Half of the Golden Era92
Elisa Biscaccianti96
San Francisco's Star Rises-Second Half of the Golden Era97
Civil War and Silver101
Chapter 6California Midwinter International Exposition-1894111
California Midwinter International Exposition112
Chapter 7Panama-Pacific International Exposition-1915127
The Planning Begins129
Building the Exposition129
The Exposition City and Its Exhibits131
State and International Buildings and Facilities137
The Joy Zone139
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition Experience141
Memories of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition142
The End of a Great Fair145
Chapter 8Golden Gate International Exposition-1939147
The Planning Begins148
Building the Exposition149
The Exposition City and Its Exhibits154
State and Federal Buildings and Facilities158
International Participation161
The Joy Zone168
The Golden Gate International Exposition Experience169
The End of a Great Fair172
A Young View of the Golden Gate International Exposition173
Chapter 9San Francisco's Restaurants of the Past175
The Poodle Dog176
The French Room-Clift Hotel Menu182
The Italians187
Eating Chinese189
Theme Restaurants191
Coffee Dan's192
The Domino Club199
An Exile's Toast200
Chapter 10San Francisco's Early Grand Hotels201
San Francisco's Early Hotels202
The Niantic Hotel203
Gold Rush Hotels204
San Francisco's First Grand Hotels208
The Lick House210
The Grand Hotel213
Senator Sharon and Miss Hill at the Grand Hotel214
The Palace Hotel215
The Baldwin Hotel220
Nearly the End of an Era222
About the Author237

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"A gemstone of historical information. Smith's passion for its special place in his life fills these pages . . . in a friendly conversational style that's accompanied by fascinating historical photographs. Reading this was a journal of discovery." — (September 2011)

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