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Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Despite the devastation of 1906, historic buildings and artifacts survive from every period of San Francisco's history. This lively narrative of The City from its very beginnings all the way through the earthquake of 1989 tells where to find the historic buildings, sights, and artifacts that make that history come alive. ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Heritage House Publishers (first published 1991)
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Chip Supanich
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is partially a tourist guide, but is a good starting point for residents and other folks who are interested in the intriguing history of San Francisco. i enjoyed the read and learned a lot about the men behind the names of streets, buildings, parks and landmarks. Did you know that San Francisco was officially founded a week before the signing of the Declaration of Independence? That Stanford was the only of the Pacific Railroad's "Big Four" to do anything enduring with his money? That ...more
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Historic San Francisco is written in a light, entertaining style that makes history enjoyable. Richards hits a wide range to topics that relate back to San Francisco as it is today, offering an opportunity for readers to create their own tour and see the locations being discussed. The book is not intended to be comprehensive but rather, covers what I see as some of the best facets of the city. Accurate and well illustrated, Historic San Francisco ranks among the best of the large number of books ...more
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating, well-written, and thorough history of San Francisco, from the geologic formation of the bay through the original native inhabitants, Spanish and Mexican occupation, and then into the modern era all the way up to the present. At the end of every chapter, there are a blurbs about where you can go (museums, historic sites, walking tours, etc.) to learn more or get a better sense of the history.
Philip Anderson
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that does exactly what the title says - provide a concise history of the City of San Francisco. Has just the right amount of detail to strike the balance between pace and facts. Doesn’t go into the history of the broader Bay Area outside of the initial discovery by European explorers, and discoveries of precious metals near Sacramento and in Nevada.
Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeld
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Rand Richards
Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide
320 lk, Heritage House Publishers 2013.
Mul on nende ajaloo-asjadega pigevalt napikas. Et kas õnnestub või mitte, seekord loen raamatut juba ligi 10 päeva ja läbi saamine oli ikka selline õnnestub/ei õnnestu.
Aga noh, saab ikka kirja enne kui kuu läbi.
Rand Richards kirjutab sissejuhatuses, et idee sellisest raamatust sündis tema jaoks siis, kui ta New Orleanis käis, siis ta tahtis luge
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A good overview of the history of San Francisco - at times a little too superficial, but the areas it did touch upon were covered in depth. A good place to start in learning about SF
Fabio Almeida
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: história
Excelente para o que se propõe. Muito rica a história da cidade e da região
Linda Martin
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone connected to San Francisco
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I read this about ten years ago for novel research... I finally wrote that novel a few months ago and frequently referred back to this book while doing so. I learned a lot I didn't know about San Francisco though I used to live there in the early seventies.

San Francisco looks and feels different once you know the history you're walking on top of. The book explains where Yerba Buena Bay was and where the piers were then. They're now covered with landfill and buildings are built over the bay; the
Mar 12, 2015 added it
A simple, structured description of a history that's filled with events and people who/which built/rebuilt the city several times.

Needs a second reading for in-depth understanding and can be followed by other books on specific people/interests.
Tari Conway
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in San Francisco history
Loved it ~ very interesting and informative. Well written. Learned a lot about San Francisco ~ how it came to be, and why it is as it is now.
Freya Magnusson
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-read
I read this for my SF History class at SF State University.
Bookish Enchantment (Katherine Quirke)
Incredibly enlightening. I terrific reference book as well as a book to peruse through from time to time.
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