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San Francisco

Originally a Spanish (later Mexican) mission and pueblo, it was conquered by the United States in 1846 and by an invading army of prospectors following the 1848 discovery of gold in its hinterland. The Gold Rush made San Francisco a cosmopolitan metropolis with a frontier edge. In early 1900s the city tried to remake itself into a grand and modern Paris of the West.
Aerial view of San Francisco, California, at dusk
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Jeu des habitans de Californie

Native women watching men play game, possibly related to gambling, at a mission near San Francisco, California.

City hall, San-Francisco, Cal. / Lith. & publ. by Quirot & Co., corner California and Montgomery Sts., S. Francisco.

Pictorial lettersheet shows early San Francisco city hall, formerly Jenny Lind Theatre, between El Dorado Hotel and The Union; with attached blank leaf.

Route of the Pacific and Atlantic Rail Road between San Francisco, & San Jose, as located by Wm. J. Lewis, Chief Engineer, in Sept. Oct. & Nov. 1851.

Map of the coast between San Francisco and San Jose showing roads, property owners, streams, and relief by hachures.

The City from California Street

Book Title: part of 3 sections / San Francisco Panorama.Artist: Carleton Watkins.Artist Bio: American, 1829 - 1916.Creation Date: ca. 1880.Print Date: ca. 1880.Process: albumen print.Credit Line: Gift of Prenti... more

Untitled (San Francisco)

Artist: Unknown artist.Creation Date: 19th century.Process: albumen print.Credit Line: Gift of Cam and Wanda Garner.Accession Number: 2001.019.014

Alcatraz from California Street

Book Title: part of 3 sections / San Francisco Panorama.Artist: Carleton Watkins.Artist Bio: American, 1829 - 1916.Creation Date: c. 1880.Print Date: c. 1880.Process: albumen print.Credit Line: Gift of Prentice... more

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Cal.

Conservatory greenhouses in background.

Seal Rocks and Cliff House, San Francisco, Calif.

Rocks and house in background; group on beach.

Market Street, San Francisco, Cal.

Photograph shows cable cars, pedestrians, and "Welcome" arch on Market Street.