Posts Tagged ‘mount’
Here It Is, San Francisco’s Best Christmas Tree for 2015, in an Unexpected Place – 55 Foot Tall – Straight Outta ShastaFriday, November 13th, 2015
Just look at this thing in front of Pier 39 – it’s huge!
And it’s 100% real, for better or worse. I heard it’s 55 feet, but officially it’s 60, perhaps due to rounding, IDK:
I’m calling this thing an Attraction:
Oh, but why so soon, in early November?
(WHY SO SOON? TWSS!)
This issue hadn’t occurred to me – I guess it is a bit early. (But feel free to add that to the lengthy list of things I care absolutely nothing about.)
Anyway, the Lighting Ceremonies are coming November 21-22, 2015.
See you there!
As seen a few days back – that square, that’s your elevator car. Haven’t seen it in a while:
And here’s the close-up color version, from all the way back in 2004:
(I remember thinking how the workers in the basket should have appeared clearer in this photo. I guess I was super-far away, oh well.)
In closing, take that, Great Pyramid. Pwned:
This really stands out to me, perhaps it does to you as well:
Of course it’s the giant cross atop Hill Davidson
Now I’ll ask you, does crime pay? Or did it pay back in aught-seven, when metal “recyclers” stole the hundred-something pound bronze plaque up there to sell for hundred-something dollars? IDK.
Anyway, some people are still mad how the cross and all that land up there got sold for just $26K in a sweetheart deal, but byegones.
I never understood how SFGov could have a cross up there when I first moved to town, but now it all seems kosher…
Here’s a repost from 2009. I haven’t kept up on things, but I don’t think much has changed. It’ll take somebody to sue SFGov to have a chance to change this situation, the way things happened with the big cross atop Mt. Davidson.
“The Prayer Book Cross was erected in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1894 as a gift from the Church of England. Created by Ernest Coxhead, it stands on one of the higher points in Golden Gate Park. It is located between John F. Kennedy Drive and Park Presidio Drive, near Cross Over Drive. This 57 ft (17 m) sandstone cross commemorates the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in California by Sir Francis Drake’s chaplain on June 24, 1579.”
Didn’t the City have to sell off the similar Mount Davidson Cross (Yelp-rated) after a lawsuit back in the 1990s? Yes it did. So, do you think the Prayer Book Cross creates an “appearance of governmental endorsement of religion” as well, particularly considering that we’re living in a post-Everson world?
Do these trees help to make this cross kosher, cause fewer people see it? Potentially, yes. Click to expand:
In other words, does the City’s ownership and maintenance of Prayer Book Cross violate the No Preference Clause and the Ban on Aid to Religion Clause of the California Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution?
Or maybe it’s all good, because the cross communicates “primarily non-religious messages” ala the shorter Mount Soledad Cross down in Fun Diego County? This is a close call.
Read all about the Mount Davidson case here, where the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit lays down the law. It’s pretty accessible.
You see it on the right here, as seen back in the day, during the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Electric Tower at Night, with Search Light on Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park:
But should it be on government land today?
“Presented to Golden Gate Park at the opening of the Midwinter Fair, January 1, A. D. 1894, as a memorial of the service held on the shore of Drake’s Bay about Saint John Baptist’s Day, June 24, Anno Domini 1579, by Francis Fletcher, priest of the Church of England, chaplain of Sir Francis Drake, chronicler of the service. Gift of George W. Childs, Esquire, of Philadelphia. First Christian service in the English tongue on our coast. First use of the Book of Common Prayer in our country. One of the first recorded missionary prayers on our continent. Soli Deo sit semper gloria.”