Alcatraz Island
the parking area for seals
at Fisherman's Wharf with Frisco's skyline in the background
the cable car is turned by human force only
and the skyline of San Francisco
from Alcatraz Island you have a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco
Sitting at the tip of a peninsula with the same name the city of San Francisco is the commercial,cultural and financial  powerhouse of Northern California.
 
Spanish colonists established a fortified stronghold here in 1776 to gain a foothold in California for New Spain.
 
Before the California Gold Rush of 1849 San Francisco  was a small hamlet but the invasion of the "forty-niners" turned it into a sprawling boomtown.
 
The 1906 earthquake and fire claimed 3000 lives (many in Chinatown)  and left the city in ashes. It was rebuild quickly, but the danger of a new big quake remains as Frisco sits right on the San Andreas fault.
 
San Francisco holds the unofficial title of liberal capital of the USA ever since the Summer of Love in1967.
 
Main points of interest are the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf and the hand operated pitoresque cable cars.
 
We were in San Francisco several times, the pictures are from a visit in May 1993.
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a sideview of the Golden Gate Bridge, looking south
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the bridge was completed in 1937
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wonder if they know there will be no boats docking here?
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the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge
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the high security Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary prison was closed as recently as 1963
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