The Devastation Of The 1906 San Fransisco Earthquake

It’s hard to imagine the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The disaster, and the resulting fires, claimed the lives of over 3,000 people and left 80 percent of the city in ruins.

The earthquake, which struck on April 18, 1906, ruptured 296 miles of the San Andreas Fault with an epicenter in the middle of San Francisco. People as far away as Oregon, Los Angeles and Central Nevada felt the tremors, which lasted for 40 to 60 seconds.

Although the earthquake caused major damage to the city, the fires, which were caused by broken Read the rest of this entry »

San Fransisco And The Chinese Exclusion Act

The U.S. federal government passed the Chinese Exclusion Act on May 6, 1882. The act was designed to limit Chinese immigration into the United States. It was repealed in 1943.

Chinese immigrants were brought into the U.S. to provide cheap labor for massive work projects, such as building the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Chinese immigrants were tolerated and many worked in the gold and silver mines in the west. After the precious metals mines began to peter out, hostility arose against Read the rest of this entry »

San Fransisco And The California Gold Rush

Before the California Gold Rush of 1848 brought fortune seekers to California in droves, San Fransisco was just a tiny coastal settlement primarily used as a seaport. As thousands of people streamed into the area from all over the world, the population of San Fransisco exploded. Gold seekers were literally everywhere in northern California, and the city of San Fransisco was at the center of it all.

Because those who found their fortune in the gold fields needed someplace to spend their money, merchants of all types set up shop in Read the rest of this entry »

A Brief History of the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic man made landmarks, not just in San Francisco, but in the United States altogether. You see it whenever you see photographs or advertisements about California and you might have noticed it in the opening credits on Full House, one of our country’s more iconic American sitcoms set in San Francisco. You can’t help but notice the Golden Gate Bridge in all of its glory as it extends out across the coast like extending a hand of greeting to the world.

However, the bridge wasn’t always with us and, way back in the early 19th century, many people had to rely on ferry services to get them across the bay. The Sausalito Land and Ferry Company facilitated most of this service but eventually the idea of the bridge was launched and, in the early 20th century, the project made headlines in the San Francisco Bulletin. You have to remember that this was before the time where you could get electricity services from places like, and most people got their news from the newspaper so when it made headlines, people knew to listen. Joseph Strauss, an engineer championing the project, spent more than a decade drumming up support until he had what he needed – allies in the auto industry. With their backing and support, the notion of a bridge extending across the bay was not only a good idea, it was downright necessary.

Today, the Golden Gate Bridge is still a major source of traffic, helping people get to their jobs and businesses both effectively and efficiently, and, most of all, a great American icon representing achievement and ingenuity.

Top Five San Fransisco Bands Of The 1960′s

Carlos Santana and his band introduced a fresh Latin-based rock sound with an Afro-Cuban beat to the music scene in the late 1960′s. Santana was born on July 20, 1947 in Jalisco, Mexico, and has teamed up with acts like Lauryn Hill, Everlast, Jennifer Lopez, and Eric Clapton.
Greadful Dead was more recognized as a live performance band than a studio band in the 60′s. They crossed many genres including rock, blues, country, and psychedelic. The death of Jerry Garcia ended the band performing with its original name.
There were many anti-war songs in the 60′s. Country Joe Read the rest of this entry »

The Birth Of The San Fransisco Sound

The rock music scene coming out of the city by the bay in the mid 1960′s and early 1970′s changed the rock music landscape forever. Many of the worlds most controversial and famous rock musicians and groups, started their sounds and gained fateful followers in San Francisco. The musical lyrics generated by these writers and performers were said to be voicing sentiment of the area’s quest for peace, love, solidarity and brotherhood. Such artists as The Grateful Dead, led by Jerry Read the rest of this entry »

Union Square-America’s 3rd Largest Shopping Area

Union Square has been a staple on the West Coast for some time with a rich history of being dedicated after San Francisco’s first mayor John Geary , and the pro-Union rallies during the Civil War. In the 1900′s, this area got a huge upgrade becoming a very popular district.

Some of the main shops in Union Square include department stores such as Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, & Saks Fifth Avenue. For more exclusive brands, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany & Read the rest of this entry »

California Wine Country-The Beauty Of Napa Valley

The Napa Valley is truly a beautiful place, with extraordinary history attached to the region. There are a lot of tours visits can take of wineries, and experience wine tasting, but there is a lot more to the region. Depending on the time of year, one ventures into the area. Fall is simply breathtaking, with the fall foliage, along side thousand and thousands of rows of vineyards of grapes, just about ready to be harvested. Driving along Read the rest of this entry »