Chronicles of Old San Francisco bookcover
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.

Ohlone Indians near San FranciscoBeginning with tales of the Yelamu – the city’s original inhabitants – and the Spanish missionaries who arrived in 1776, the book recounts the trials and triumphs of the many different people who sought out this great city by the bay, transformed it, and were themselves transformed by it.

The book introduces you to movers and shakers like rancho owner Juana Briones, Gold Rush entrepreneur Levi Strauss, confectioner Domenico Ghirardelli, the rock legends of Haight-Ashbury, cowboys near San Franciscoactivist politician Harvey Milk, and the pioneers of today’s techno boom. You also encounter lesser-known characters such as the children who grew up on Alcatraz, John McLaren, the architect of Golden Gate Park, and Mary Rodgers, mother of 12 who fought urban renewal in her neighborhood.

Chronicles of Old San Francisco also contains guided walking tours of the city’s historic neighborhoods by the bay and beyond, illustrated with color photographs and period maps, so you can experience the places where history happened and continues to be made.Washington Square Park San Francisco tai chi

Morning means tai chi fans in Washington Square Park

List of the tours

  1. Chinatown and Nob Hill
  2. North Beach
  3. Union Square and Financial District
  4. Civic Center and Market Street
  5. The Castro and The Mission
  6. Golden Gate Park and Haight Ashbury
  7. Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Field, Presidio, and Palace of Fine Arts
  8. Embarcadero and Ghirardelli Square


List of Chapters


Why I wrote the book