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Chronicles of Old San Francisco

Exploring the Historic City by the Bay

By Gael Chandler

Title back SFsDiscover one of the world’s most unique and fascinating cities through 29 dramatic true stories spanning the colorful history of San Francisco. Author Gael Chandler takes readers through more than 250 years of American history with exciting essays on topics such as the city’s origins to the founding of the Presidio of San Francisco and the Mission San Francisco de Asis to its modern role as the progressive and innovative heart of a nation. Along the way you’ll meet characters like the city’s foremother Juana Briones, Gold Rush entrepreneur Levi Strauss, confectioner Domenico Ghirardelli, gangster Al Capone, the rock legends of Haight-Ashbury, activist politician Harvey Milk, the pioneers of today’s techno boom, and many others who changed the face of the city—plus lesser-known stories, like those of the children of Alcatraz, John McLaren, the architect of Golden Gate Park, and Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television. In addition, guided walking tours of San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods by the bay and beyond, illustrated with color photographs and period maps, take readers to the places where history really happened.

Chronicles of Old San Francisco appeals to history buffs, California residents, and tourists alike, with:

  • Intriguing profiles of historic and cultural figures
  • 500+ photographs and illustrations
  • 8 easy-to-follow neighborhood walking tours with 11 detailed maps
  • Complete index

About the Author:
Gael Chandler moved to San Francisco in 1970 to join the women’s movement and liberate herself. Nine years later she left for Hollywood where she edited dramas, documentaries and more and received two Cable ACE nominations for her cutting on a comedy series. She taught editing and digital editing systems and wrote three books on film editing for professionals, students, and movie lovers. In 2010 she returned to northern California where she continues her love affair with the city by the bay and the land north of the Golden Gate Bridge – Marin and Sonoma counties. www.theSFstory.com

Trade Paperback
320 pages, 5¼ x 8
500+ Illustrations and Photos
11 Color Maps
Travel / History

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