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June 29th, 2022

San Francisco Fun Facts

Art & Culture

San Francisco is one of America’s cultural hubs with a colorful history dating back to the early 1800’s. Here are some fun facts you may not have known about the City by the Bay.

Golden Gate Park

GOLDEN GATE PARK IS LARGER THAN NYC’S CENTRAL PARK.
That’s right. Central Park is a measly 778 acres while San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park covers 1,017 acres.

SAN FRANCISCO WAS ORIGINALLY NAMED YERBA BUENA.
This Spanish term means “Good Herb” (which seems appropriate today).

San Francisco Fog

THE FAMOUS SAN FRANCISCO FOG HAS A NAME.
Locals call the fog, Karl, and nobody quite knows why. But Karl even has his own Instagram account!

San Francisco Chinatown

SAN FRANCISCO’S CHINATOWN IS THE SECOND LARGEST OUTSIDE OF ASIA.
And it’s the oldest in North America. Chinatown is home to more than 100,000 people in the 1 ½ mile neighborhood. And speaking of Chinatown…

THE FORTUNE COOKIE WAS INVENTED IN SAN FRANCISCO.
But not by a Chinese immigrant, but rather by a Japanese immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara who served them at Golden Gate Park’s tea garden. Today you can get a tour to see them being made at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

SAN FRANCISCO ALSO HAS THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST AND OLDEST JAPANTOWN.
Located just 1.4 miles from Stanford Court, Japantown features incredible Japanese restaurants, groceries, stores, and a great shopping mall.

Pier 39 Sea Lions

THE FAMOUS PIER 39 SEA LIONS ARE NEW RESIDENTS OF SAN FRANCISCO.
These lovable creatures mysteriously arrived after the 1989 earthquake and have been entertaining visitors ever since.

San Francisco Hills

THERE ARE MORE THAN 50 NAMED HILLS IN SAN FRANCISCO.
Besides the fog (Karl), San Francisco is probably most known for it’s hills and we have a LOT of them. There are 9 main hills, including Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, Twin Peaks, and of course the best one of all – Nob Hill.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BLACK AND GOLD.
Most bridges of the early 1900’s were painted black and gold and the Golden Gate bridge was no different. But the structure’s architect, Irving Morrow, noticed the brilliant reddish primer coat and decided to make the change. (BTW, the color of the bridge is officially International Orange.)

IT IS ILLEGAL TO BURY SOMEONE WITHIN SAN FRANCISCO’S CITY LIMITS.
The law was enacted in 1902 due to space issues. There are just two remaining cemeteries in the city 0 one behind the Mission San Francisco de Asis and the other at the Presidio.

Now you know!

 

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