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20 Interesting Facts About San Francisco

Facts About San Francisco

  • The Chinese fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco.
  • San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War in 1848.
  • During the Depression, not a single San Francisco-based bank failed.
  • Levi’s Jeans are an iconic American brand and it was born in San Francisco.
  • the city constructed the Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge during the Depression.
  • San Francisco is home to the Largest Japantown in the United States
  • In 1951, the Treaty of San Francisco officially ended Japanese hostilities from World War II.
  • San Francisco cable cars are the only National Historical Monument that can move.
  • San Francisco is Built on More than 50 Hills.
  • The United Nations Charter was drafted and ratified in San Francisco in 1945.
  • The first bubonic plague epidemic in the continental US broke out in SF’s Chinatown in 1900.
  • The Beatles gave their last full concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.
  • In 1906, three-quarters of the city was destroyed by an earthquake and fire. The earthquake was the first natural disaster to be documented in photographs.
  • San Francisco is home to the oldest Chinatown in North America, Established in 1848.
  • the city of San Francisco wasn’t named so until 1846. Prior to the renaming, the city was known as ‘Yerba Buena’, which means ‘good herb’ in Spanish.
  • San Francisco has several nicknames, including “The City by the Bay”, “Fog City”, “San Fran”, and “Frisco”, as well as older ones like “The City that Knows How”, “Baghdad by the Bay”, “The Paris of the West”, or simply “The City”.
  • San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asís named for St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away.
  • Lombard Street is one of the top places to visit in San Francisco and is famed for being the “crookedest street in the world”.
  • The term sugar daddy was coined in San Francisco, the term is used to connote an older man who pays a younger woman with money and/or gifts.
  • San Francisco is twinned with the following sister cities Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Amman, Jordan; Assisi, Umbria, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Bengaluru, India; Cork, Ireland; Haifa, Israel; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Kraków, Poland; Manila, Philippines; Osaka, Japan; Paris, France; Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia; Taipei, Taiwan; Thessaloniki, Greece & Zürich, Switzerland.
Facts About San Francisco
Facts About San Francisco

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