Archive for the ‘History’ Category

If You Want to Start Renaming Things in Frisco, What About This AVENUE OF OPPRESSORS in the Richmond District?

Friday, August 4th, 2017

These photos show a couple blocks of 13th Avenue, but we don’t have a 13th Avenue because we call it Funston. So IOW, the 500 and 600 blocks of Funston:

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Cabrillo benefited from the encomienda system that enslaved the Native peoples of the Americas. In Honduras, for example, he broke up families, sending the men to the mines for gold and to the forest to harvest materials he needed for ship building. The women and girls he gave over to his soldiers and sailors, presumably as slaves.

One down three to go. Oh, I see that the descendant(s) of Funston (you know they’re still around) have gotten to Wikipedia with some pro-Funston propaganda, so I can’t quote it. But how about:

Starr dismissed as folklore accounts claiming that two firestorms naturally swept through San Francisco after the quake. He noted that Funston had “assumed de facto control of the city” and decided within hours of the quake to fight fire with fire, despite having no experience in firefighting. “The army and a reluctant but bullied fire department seemed determined to destroy San Francisco,”

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And don’t miss this artwork:

Balboa setting his dogs upon Indian practitioners of homosexuality (1594) engraving from the New York Public Library. The rendering was by the Flemish Protestant artist Theodor de Bry.

And who else, oh de Anza:

Governor Anza led a punitive expedition against the Comanche group of Native Americans.

Oh what’s that, you don’t want to rename everything, just that one thing that you really want to rename? Oh, OK then.

I was only just asking…

Find the Iwo Jima Memorial in This Photo – The East Bay’s Mount Suribachi – As Seen From the I-80

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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And here’s a little closer, from a rainer time of year:

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And closer still:

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All the deets.

The Most-Improved Official Government Place-Name Sign in California, 20th Century Edition – Could Be Room For Improvement Though

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Here you go, from the Great Central Valley in 2016, a sign pointing to the American River:

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Only the name remains on the opposite side of the river from where African American miners first started mining gold in 1849-1850. Negro Bar State Park is a reminder that a mining camp once bore a similar name.”

Day of Remembrance, 2015, Japantown / Little Osaka, San Francisco

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

As seen on Post in Japantown:

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Other locations.

Here’s a couple things. This here was something that wasn’t covered when I was in elementary school, just saying. And the Census Bureau sometimes still likes to claim that its data has never been handed over to other governmental agencies, but we learned otherwise a few years back.

Mount Suribachi, 94547 – The Marine Corps War Memorial of Contra Costa County as Seen from the I-80

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

All the deets

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And here’s a closer look:

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The Bay Area’s Largest Mock Nuclear Explosion, A Small Mushroom Cloud Over Treasure Island, San Francisco, 1957

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Well, this explosion on TI back in ’57 certainly is news to me, as I’d never read this bit in the Chronicle from last year:

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But if you want to wallow in alarmism, well then be my guest

What other unknowns are hidden out there at TI? I’m sure we’ll all find out over the next 10, 20, 30 years…

OMG, Oakland IS Brooklyn – And Brooklyn is Oakland, Sort Of – This Map From the 1800’s Shows All

Monday, August 11th, 2014

From the OK Council:

@OKcouncil Great old map of #Oakland before the City of Brooklyn east of Lake Merritt was annexed in the late 19th century.

News to me!

Take a Look at Japantown in 1942: “Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer”

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Oh wow, man. I’m not used to seeing outer Post Street from the pre-Redevelopment era.

Western Addition: Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer

Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel—Streets of San Francisco, 1942

(Then the people from SPUR came along with “ideas and action for a better city” to Urban Renewal this place with big, hulking, earthquake-unsafe buildings (“The Mall Has It All!” – that’s what the SPUR people used to say before they changed their name to hide from their legacy) and garages and that’s where we are today.)

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Esquire: “For Sukiyaki complete with chopsticks, visit “Cherryland,” where only Japanese food is served.”

Via the Prelinger Archives: “San Francisco: Story of a City (1963)” – A Nice 22-Minute Video from a Half-Century Ago

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

From Paul Hoefler Productions, it’s “San Francisco: Story of a City (1963)

Prolly could have addressed the wobbly projection issue with a simple one-click fix, but this is a great video.

OMG, an Update from Sparkletack – Silent for Six Years – San Francisco History Podcasts – A Big Audio Archive

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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“San Francisco history lovers:

A notice that’s a bit overdue: I haven’t recorded a podcast for years, now, and the chances that I’ll return to this project are slim.

That said, I’m committed to leaving ALL THESE PODCASTS online – as a resource for San Franciscans, of course, but also for lovers of this fascinating city from all around the world.

Peruse the list (over there on the right) for hours and hours of San Francisco stories, trivia, and history.

And thanks for listening!”