Bay Area history

09 Jun 2023

Did You Know You Could Stay in Alcatraz’s Infamous D-Block?

I alluded last week to my love for spooky spaces in The Bay. My fascination with these extraordinary locations began in 1999, when I was 19 years old and fortunate enough to have the chance to spend a night sleeping on a cot in Alcatraz’s notorious D-Block. The number of

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02 Jun 2023

The Infamous Cult House in Tomales Bay, Turning into a Luxury Hotel

A few years ago, I ventured into the mysterious depths of Marin County’s history when a friend convinced me to join them on an exploration of an abandoned cult house – once owned and operated by a now-defunct cult. Little did I know that in the upcoming fall of 2023,

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15 Nov 2023

A Local Gift Guide Showcasing East Bay Treasures

‘Tis the season once more, and we find ourselves looking for thoughtful gifts for our favorite people. Explore this gift guide featuring small businesses and local artists showcasing their work in the East Bay. We’ve uncovered unique treasures perfect for gifting while also supporting the heartbeat of our local community.

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13 Apr 2023

The Daly City Thrill Killer, ‘Penny’

Penny giggled while acting out her crime for the police and various journalists. The fashionably dressed, gun-chewing teenager was a goldmine and the media ran with it.

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Firefighters spraying down a building.
20 Mar 2023

San Franciscans Rallied Together After Hardship Before. They Could Do It Again.

On April 18, 1906, five-foot-deep holes cracked through Market Street and ate people whole like cavernous maws to hapless anchovies. Author David K. Randall recounts in Black Death at the Golden Gate how Howard Street’s American Hotel collapsed on firefighter James O’Neill, crushing him beneath. And, when the first intense

17 Feb 2023

Nostalgic Bay Area Commercials Guaranteed To Take You Back

This week, I casually referenced a Bay Area commercial to a friend. “Now you have a friend in the diamond business,” I joked. If you know, you know – our friend in the diamond business is Shane Company. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Every so often, I’ll

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07 Nov 2022

10 Fun Facts About San Francisco You May Not Know

You think you know a lot about San Francisco? Well let’s see how many of these fun facts you already had stored in your noggin. You’re about to be so much better at SF trivia. 1. Alcatraz was the only federal prison to offer hot-water showers, supposedly to dissuade prisoners

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10 Jun 2022

We Found The True Origin of Oakland’s Tiny Windmill

Did you know that Oakland has its own windmill? Locals of the Bay Area have cherished the two beautiful windmills of Golden Gate Park. Their large stature dwarfs anyone who stands near them. Driving down Telegraph, you’ll find Oakland’s tiny janky windmill… a dilapidated, sad, graffitied building tucked next to

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Stow Lake 1903
27 May 2022

Bay Area Ghost Stories To Tell During a Summer Campout

These Bay Area ghost stories are perfect to tell over a campfire. Coming into Memorial Day weekend and Summer in The Bay, many of us will go camping or glamping at least once this season. Even if you choose to tell these over your fire pit or on your sofa,

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