Remnants of 19th century gun batteries that guarded the entrance to San Francisco Bay from the Civil War up until WWII. Batteries: Yates, Spencer and Ridge. There were 7 batteries on the North side.
In 1876, railroad baron Charles Crocker built one of the largest mansions on Nob Hill, San Francisco. It was burned to the ground in the great 1906 fire. The second photo shows the fence around his property which still stands today. In the background of that photo are the remains of the Flood mansion and the steel framed Fairmont Hotel, the only two buildings on the hill that survived the fire.
Nob Hill in San Francisco at the turn of the century was the home to some of the richest men in the country. James Flood was one of the Bonanza Kings and made his fortune in Comstock mining and stock trading. His mansion was made of sandstone and survived the 1906 earthquake and fire. It still stands today. The incredible all wood mansion of railroad baron Mark Hopkins at the corner of California and Mason burned to the ground in the fire. The Mark Hopkins hotel now stands in it's place.
"Looking Down Sacramento St., San Francisco, April 18, 1906". The most famous of all the earthquake photographs taken by the great photographer Arnold Genthe. It is considered to be one of the greatest historical photographs ever taken. Genthe lost his equipment in the quake and borrowed a Kodak 3A Special from his camera dealer George Kahn's shop on Montgomery St. He loaded his pockets with film and walked around the City taking photographs. The shot was taken on Sacramento St. between Powell and Stockton St. (at Miles Place) on the morning of the quake at 9 a.m. as the fire began raging. Note cable car slot in street at that time. The alley Miles Place is now called Miller Place. I took my shot at 8:23 a.m. on a foggy, holiday morning.
San Francisco Marina district; the white house is where Joe DiMaggio lived. Marilyn Monroe also lived there after they were married in 1954 at SF City Hall.
San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts on a foggy morning before it is overrun with tourists. Designed by Bernard Maybeck in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition; it has been restored three times since then. Great piece of San Francisco history.
Palace of Fine Arts, Panama - Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, Ca. 1915. Designed by Bernard Maybeck. Original RPPC (real photo post card) hand tinted on Noko paper. 3.5 x 5.5 in.. Cardinell - Vincent Co., official photographers for the exposition.
The legendary lawman of the Old West, Wyatt Earp, is buried at Colma, Ca. just south of San Francisco. His third wife, Josie Marcus, was from San Francisco and they lived in the City throughout the 1890's.
Barbra Streisand on the set of the movie What's Up, Doc?, 1971 on location at San Francisco International airport. Shot with my first 35mm camera, Mamiya-Sekor 500DTL, Vivitar 135mm lens, High Speed Ektachrome film (ASA 160).
"Clff House and Seal Rocks, San Francisco, Cal. U.S.A." Original 1901 stereoview card. The elaborate Cliff House and Seal Rocks as seen from Sutro Gardens, San Francisco, 1901. Built in 1896 by Adolf Sutro, the Cliff House was a seven story Victorian Chateau (called by some "the Gingerbread Palace") below his estate on the bluffs of Sutro Heights overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Cliff House survived the 1906 earthquake with little damage but burned to the ground in 1907. Original prints (Keystone View Company).
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