Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront, 1849–1934
San Francisco was a wild and woolly town in the mid-19th century and stayed that way into the 20th. It’s a town with a a lot of stories to tell, and Lee Bruno has uncovered quite a few of them to tell in this fascinating compendium. He has found stories of 28 people or pairs of people who in some way influenced the growth of San Francisco from 1848 through 1934. Arranged in six periods — The Gold Rush, The Comstock Lode, The Gilded Age, The Great Earthquake & Fire, The Jewel City, and The Jazz Age — the essays cover people who, by and large, are not household names. Jack London is the one exception, but then how could anyone write a book about San Francisco without him? The essays cover restaurateurs, ship owners, law enforcement officers, builders, communicators, entertainers, prostitutes, and more. Each essay is illustrated with vintage photographs or drawings and runs two to six pages. The essays are well-written and most interesting. The deep research is apparent on every page. This collection of essays is an excellent representation of the kinds of people it takes to build a great city and yet are unique to this place.
|Author||Lee Bruno • Charles Fracchia, Foreword|
|Page Count||160 pages|
|Publisher||Cameron + Company|
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