San Francisco Gold Rush

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It is an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possesses all the attractions of the next world” (Oscar Wilde). San Francisco, a city that is old in terms of culture, is evolving at accelerated rates in both the financial and technological industries. Historically, San Francisco has been the epicenter of several monumental events and natural disasters, such as the gold rush, the catastrophic 1906 earthquake, the formation of the union labor party, building of one of the largest bridges in the world, and two significant technological booms. The expanse of the city through these predominate events brought about the diverse cultures, religions, and nationalities that created…show more content…
However, it was only officially established in June 1776. The city was founded on the basis of commerce, and it is roots are tied to the English, Spanish, and Portuguese populations. When people first think of the city of San Francisco, they think of the California gold rush. In 1848, a gentleman by the name of James Marshall discovered gold. This was the start of the California gold rush. With this discovery, countless immigrants flocked to San Francisco to strike it rich in gold. The individuals seeking gold came to be termed as 49ers. By 1870, San Francisco became the tenth largest city in the United States, showing positive signs of developing urbanism with the maturing of a taste for art (cite). The streetcar service commenced in 1873 with the testing of the first street car; then a few months later, it started public service. In 1901, the Union Labor party was formed, part of which represented the interests of the city’s working men. Then came the great earthquake of April 19, 1906, measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale, destroying in its wake 25,000 buildings, creating fires that burned for four days, damaging a total of 490 square blocks of the city and costing 350 million dollars for the city.The Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges opened up one year apart from one another. The Bay Bridge was opened in 1936. It is one of the largest bridges in the world and carries more traffic…show more content…
San Francisco Ballet, which the oldest ballet company in the United States, was founded in 1933. An opera house in which the War Memorial Opera performs can be found at the Civic Center. An international symphony plays at the Davis Symphony Hall. The city offers many other musical outlets, from jazz to rock. Many important museums are located in San Francisco, from the M.H. de Young Museum that is in the Golden Gate Park and specializes in American Art to the Asian Art Museum, Mexican Museum, and the California Academy of Science at Golden State Park as well. There are many more museums that offer a history of the entire city and the west. Many organizations also hold parades for different ethnicities and cultures. Religion in San Francisco is just as diverse as the population that lives there and that which lived before them. Most people living in San Francisco from the beginning were predominately Catholic, although immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries brought in many Jewish followers. There are also some smaller religion denominations, such as prostate, Buddhists, Muslims, and members of an orthodox church. Many of the churches conduct services in Spanish as well as in Asian languages. Planning Related
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