San Francisco exists today as it always has; a beacon on a bay that draws people from around the world. Visitors and seekers alike continue to show up, looking for gold, for freedom, for opportunity, and for beauty in this vibrant mother lode of a city.
From Chronicles of Old San Francisco by Gael Chandler
In researching Chronicles of Old San Francisco I learned more about my city than I ever knew. So here’s where I can share SF stories - past and present – that I couldn’t fit in the book. And blog about interesting things to see and do in the city and the surrounding Bay Area.
I also offer sightseeing resources that build on the book’s walking tours. So stop in as you plan a trip to San Francisco. And feel free to send a postcard – make a comment - and tell me and others about your experiences.
Learn about SF's history and the people who made it.
Experience SF through the book's 8 walking tours.
Chronicles of Old San Francisco will help you discover one of the world’s most unique and fascinating cities through 28 dramatic true stories spanning the city’s colorful history. Beginning with tales of the Yelamu - the city’s original inhabitants...Read more
The story behind the founding of City Lights Bookstore and the rise of the Beat Generation is one of the book's highlights... Beautifully illustrated, the guide concludes with eight walking tours, from Chinatown and Nob Hill to Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury.
This trailer tells you more about the book and shows some of its fabulous illustrations. I created it with Jay Scherberth, my partner in PictureYourBook, a company we formed to create engaging, economical trailers for authors. Enjoy!
You may think you know all the sordid, fascinating history of San Francisco, the so-called Baghdad by the Bay, but author Gael Chandler fleshes them out for you, giving detail about Lotta Crabtree, Levi Strauss, cable car inventor Andrew Hallidie and, of course, Harvey Milk. Plus, she devotes an entire chapter to Herb Caen, so there’s that in its favor.
Cities are complicated creatures best understood by peeling back the layers of time and sifting through the accumulation of secrets, lost artifacts, and earlier incarnations that might otherwise go unnoticed. Chosen well and presented correctly, such exhumed history excites our curiosity and exposes our imaginations to the gamut of a city’s character and mystery. We become incapable of seeing it through the same eyes again because, no matter which direction we turn or where we look, the voices, the faces, and the stories instantly appear.
Meet Philo T. Farnsworth, the genius who invented TV.
Read the chapter deleted from Chronicles of Old San Francisco due to length.
Here you’ll find the usual – practical and historical info on Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, North Beach, Chinatown, and other top attractions and the unusual: people, happenings, creatures, and other curiosities.