Prior to the 1850s, Nob Hill was called California Hill (after California Street, which climbs its steep eastern face), but was renamed after the Central Pacific Railroad’s Big Four – known as the Nobs – who built their mansions on the hill… The neighborhood was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire, except for the granite walls surrounding the Stanford, Crocker, Huntington and […]
This is one of those episodes that I was absolutely sure I had already shared; and I was reminded of it when I caught a glimpse of the tower in the first few minutes of the Road Trip episode I shared last week. I love checking out towers, although I’ve never visited this one. It’s yet another nearly forgotten roadside […]
I didn’t go inside the Legion of Honor on my recent San Francisco trip, although I’d love to explore this art museum someday. This time I had to be content with the view from outside, which is pretty impressive all by itself.
I can hardly believe I haven’t already shared this episode of California’s Gold, since it’s one of my favorites! Even when I was much younger, the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park in downtown Sacramento was always on my list of must-see places; so I had some very mixed feelings when it closed to the public in January 2015, so that […]
Since last week I shared the Forest Photographer episode, I thought I may as well follow up this week with a Barn Photographer, again from the Visiting series. From watching TV with the Big Guy, I’ve learned about “barn finds” — rare, vintage cars buried under years of dust and often forgotten, just waiting to be re-discovered and brought back […]
Normally when I think of classic movies set in San Francisco and featuring historic Fort Point, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo springs to mind. But this morning that all changed, when I turned on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and happened to catch the last half hour of a movie I’d never heard of before. It’s called The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950), […]
The “new” Salmon Falls Bridge was constructed in 1953, replacing the 1930s-era bridge now lying under the waters of Folsom Lake.