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The Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury
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it was amazing

What an incredible look at San Francisco history!

From the earliest days of the California Gold Rush in 1848 until the final doors were forced shut in 1921, the Barbary Coast district of San Francisco was home to extreme crime and debauchery. Many of the city's most memorable historical figures profited from the Barbary Coast. Between it, Chinatown, and the Upper Tenderloin district, San Francisco has perhaps the most colorful history of any U.S. city.

This account of that infamous district, first published in 1933, is an entertaining and sometimes shocking read.

"The Barbary Coast" is one of the books I've read as research for the next book in my steampunk zombie western series, which will take place in San Francisco in late 1876 and will involve this district and many of its more dangerous inhabitants from that time. I wish I could thank Herbert Asbury for this detailed resource.
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Reading Progress

November 29, 2017 – Started Reading
November 29, 2017 – Shelved
November 29, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
November 30, 2017 –
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November 30, 2017 –
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December 3, 2017 –
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December 12, 2017 –
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December 27, 2017 –
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February 12, 2018 –
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February 14, 2018 –
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May 15, 2018 –
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May 20, 2018 – Finished Reading

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