Bancroft’s Tourist’s Guide : Yosemite, San Francisco and around the Bay (South.): Originally published in 1871

Jul 26, 2012 by

A truly unique look into the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1800’s,  BANCROFT’S TOURIST’S GUIDE: YOSEMITE, SAN FRANCISCO AND AROUND THE BAY (SOUTH) by A. L. Bancroft was first published in 1871.   Here’s a wee glimpse into what you can expect to find inside this fascinating time machine of a book! “The only important route of approaching San Francisco, and riding into the city by land, lies on the south, coming from Gilroy, San Jose, Santa Clara, Redwood City, and intermediate places, in the cars of the Southern Pacific railroad. Coming in by this route, one traverses the fertile plains of the Santa Clara Valley, and skirts the foot-hills lying along the vestern base of the almost mountains, which form the divide between the back slope and the ocean slope of the broad peninsula. Near Redwood City, and for the succeeding fifteen miles, the track runs between fresh water fields on the west and salt water marsh upon the east. From the Twelve-Mile Farm in, we strike nearer the centre of the constantly narrowing peninsula, and near San Miguel catch the first glimpse of the broad Pacific. The large building just west of the track is the Industrial School, our California House of Reformation. The southern suburbs of the city, SAN FRANCISCO AND VICINITY. 129 through which we enter, present nothing remarkable beyond the usual medley of old shanties, broad vegetable gardens, pleasant, home-like cottages, and here and there the more pretentious suburban residence, increasing in number as we come nearer the centre. We come in by Valencia street, and reach the station upon Market, just east of its junction with Valencia. Ocean Approach. Besides the approaches already mentioned, one may come in from Panama, Mexico, Oregon, the Sandwich Islands, Australia, Japan or China. From whichever he may come, for the last ten miles be- fore reaching the dock, his track will be the same. A few miles west of Fort Point, all these various ocean routes converge into one, enter San Francisco Bay by the Golden Gate, and bear away south- ward until they intersect, and for a short distance coincide with, the approach from Vallejo, already briefly described. ”  Oh my god this makes me want to hop on a plane to the magical Bay Area in California!  Enjoy this beautiful book!

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