Let’s face it – we are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful cities surrounded by some of the most famous landmarks in the world. Although we may drive over the Golden Gate Bridge daily, or walk by Coit Tower on our way to work, do we really know a lot about their history and their purpose before becoming a tourist attraction? If your answer is no then fear not, below you will find some interesting facts about some of San Francisco’s most beloved sights.
Lombard St. is know far and wide as being the crookedest street in the world, which is debated by many San Franciscans. Without a doubt it is the most famous and most visited street in the City. However the street was actually made as curvy as it is as a safety feature – the S shape of the road is to help drivers and pedestrians manage the extremely steep hill (27% grade) by making it more shallow. When it was first used, it was a two way street and only became a one way street in 1939.
The Golden Gate Bridge is San Francisco’s most iconic feature. Construction of the bridge was completed in 1937, and on opening day, the bridge saw 15,000 people cross every hour! One of the men behind the design of the bridge, Joseph Strauss, was very safety conscious, and even restricted the workers diets while the bridge was being built, to combat dizziness.
Another infamous San Francisco landmark, Alcatraz has a deep, interesting history. Everyone knows Alcatraz as a high security prison for some of America’s toughest criminals, which closed in 1963. However, six years after this, the United Indians of All Tribes invaded the island in protest of federal policies regarding Native Americans, where they stayed for 19 months.
You can find additional details on these landmarks and many more of San Francisco’s most iconic sights here.