sf history

22 Feb 2024

A Photographic History of Dolores Park, Then and Now

Recreating photography of the last 150 years in Dolores Park.

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11 May 2023

SF History: Sex WORK In The City

COYOTE (Call Off Your Tired Old Ethics) was founded in San Francisco in 1973 by Margo St. James, a sex worker, who also co-founded St. James Infirmary Clinic in the Tenderloin. COYOTE’s main goals were decriminalization (as opposed to legalization) of sex work, pimping, and pandering, as well as the elimination of social stigma concerning sex work as an occupation. Its work is considered part of the larger sex worker movement for legal and human rights.

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27 Jan 2024

The San Francisco Beer Passport is Here!

Step into a world of adventure with the San Francisco Beer Passport. There’s no better way to explore San Francisco than to literally drink it in. This passport is amazing! Each one contains 27 coupons to buy one beer, get a second beer FREE at 27 of the finest locally

Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap 0
27 Apr 2023

Ice Cream Cone Shaped UFO’s in the Bay Area

On February 9, 1950, the San Francisco Examiner reported on what appeared to be a “flying ice cream cone” over the Alameda Naval Air Station. From different parts of the station, at least five civilians and two officers reported seeing a large vapor substance traveling at a high speed across the station, heading south. It was shaped like an ice cream cone.

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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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16 Mar 2023

Where The Bodies Are Buried: San Francisco’s Former Cemeteries

It has been over 100 years since anyone was buried in San Francisco. In 1902, it became illegal to bury new bodies in the city, and by 1921, bodies were being moved to new land in Colma. By 1941 nearly all the cemeteries were gone, and largely forgotten.

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05 Dec 2022

A Glimpse at an Unrecognizable San Francisco During the Gold Rush

Let’s take it back to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush of 1848. The discovery of gold marked a turning point for the Bay Area, ushering in a new era of industrialization. This was of course, at the expense of the native Ohlone people, who had been suffering enslavement

Jenna Homen 0
15 Aug 2022

The Haunted History of The Rite Spot in The Mission

Back in the Days…is a column about the weird and wonderful history of bars, houses, and spaces in the Bay Area. These histories will often involve ghosts. It will also involve those still living who remember what has been and want the wonderful character of the city to continue to thrive. San

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04 Aug 2022

America’s First Craft Brewery is in San Francisco

With its roots beginning in the Gold Rush, San Francisco’s Steam Beer has been brewed here for at least 150 years.

Alex Mak - Managing Editor 0