San Francisco

San Francisco boasts some of America's most famous foods and landmarks. Stunning graphics, re-enactments and celebrities reveal how a diverse population overcame disaster to transform a Spanish port into a tech and cultural capital.

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Alcatraz Circa 1890

Alcatraz Circa 1890

San Francisco in 1890. Off in the distance is the small island of Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay.  960 1280

Henry Guttmann  

Alcatraz Present Day

Alcatraz Present Day

Present day Alcatraz seen from San Francisco. 960 1280

  

Tramlines Circa 1880

Tramlines Circa 1880

Tramlines on California Street from Sansome Street in San Francisco, circa 1880 960 1280

Hulton Archive  

Tramlines Present Day

Tramlines Present Day

Present day. California Street is one of the longest streets in San Francisco, stretching 5 miles and featuring important landmarks along the way, including the Huntington Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel (at Mason Street and California Street), the Merchants Exchange Building and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  960 1280

  

Cliff House Circa 1900

Cliff House Circa 1900

San Francisco’s Cliff House, pictured circa 1900, was fashioned after a French chateau and boasted 8 stories, 4 spires and an observation tower 200 feet above sea level. It served as an elegant site for dining, dancing and entertainment until it burned down in 1907.  960 1280

  

Cliff House Present Day

Cliff House Present Day

Today, if you drive along Point Lobos Avenue toward the coast, you’ll find the rebuilt Cliff House which serves as a fun place for friends and family. Enjoy fine dining at Sutro’s or a casual brunch at the Bistro.  960 1280

  

Russian Hill Circa 1866

Russian Hill Circa 1866

Russian Hill, San Francisco, in 1866, overlooking Vallejo Street.  960 1280

Jenny Wolf  

Russian Hill Present day

Russian Hill Present day

Present-day Russian Hill, overlooking Vallejo Street.  960 1280

  

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