archive for October, 2005

Friday, October 28th, 2005

#32: Letter from the Gold Rush, 1850

There have been a great number of letters written from and about San Francisco through the decades, some by visitors and some by citizens, some known around the world, others anonymous. It is fascinating to hear voices from the past brought temporarily back to life, to see the city and its environs through the pens […]

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Friday, October 21st, 2005

#31: Carville — A Lost Neighborhood

San Francisco is famously made up of an eccentric patchwork of neighborhoods. What is less known is that some of the most interesting and unusual have come and gone, leaving very little trace of a once vigorous existence. One of these was Carville, an eccentric community made up of abandoned streetcars converted into clubs, restaurants […]

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Friday, October 14th, 2005

#30: Streets of San Francisco #2

Show number two in the “Streets of San Francisco” series, still walking westwards, one street at a time. Today’s show moves from Powell street to Polk, with a couple of historical detours along the way. If you missed the first one, have a listen here. For further edification: » Buena Vista irish coffee » San […]

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Friday, October 7th, 2005

#29: The Legend of Black Bart

Summer of 1875, and the Wells Fargo stagecoach is slowly rattling through a mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada gold country, bearing a cargo of passengers, U.S. mail, and gold. The driver pulls the horses to an abrupt halt at the sight of a man standing confidently on the side of the road. He wears […]

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