San Francisco – EverydayInsider! (TM) Trips 6

These three areas are stops on San Francisco’ famous, historic 49 Mile Drive and within each location, you will find history, culture and great photo opportunities.

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8. Nob Hill is the elegant hilltop area of hotels and apartments for affluent people, with Gothic Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park, 4 famous hotels and the Nob Hill Masonic Center at its crest.

“Nob Hill” was also called “Snob Hill” and before the 1906 SF earthquake, indeed mega-mansions covered the turf. Most were destroyed in the quake and the fire which followed it. In fact the Flood mansion (now the Pacific Union Club) is the only major one to survive.

After the quake, commercial and religious entities took over much of the summit as the wealthy rebuilt their mansions in Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow.

At one time, Nob Hill was indeed the home of “The Famous Four” – the tycoons who built California: Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford (who also started and endowed Stanford University – named for his dead son, Leland, Jr.), Collis P. Huntington and Charles Crocker.

Their names still live on in San Francisco, and 3 of the 4 fabulous hotels at the crest of the hill are named for them: the (Intercontinental) Mark Hopkins, the Huntington, the Stanford Court and the last is the Fairmont Hotel. Each is a gem.

9. Cable Car Barn: Come learn about San Francisco’s beloved cable-cars which ply many of the City’s major 7 hills and 44 minor ones! The Cable Car Museum opened in 1974 and is at 1201 Mason Street (at Washington Street), on Nob Hill. Handicap access is on the Washington street entrance. The museum is free.

This four-star venue is a working museum. There is a visitors gallery to see some of the everyday operations and an area with 19th century photos and scale models. The museum also houses three antique cable cars from the 1870s: the Sutter Street Railway No. 46 grip car & No. 54 trailer and the only surviving car from the first cable car company, the Clay Street Hill Railroad.

You can even go down under the street to see how the cable cars work! Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

10 am – 6 pm April 1 to September 30
10 am – 5 pm October 1 to March 31
Open every day except New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Phone: (415) 474-1887

10. Jackson Square lies between the Financial District and the Embarcadero waterfront and consists of preserved, handsome 19th century buildings which are now mostly occupied by antique dealers, art galleries, gift and apparel shops and upscale restaurants. Enter the Square on Jackson Street at Montgomery. Many of the mansions are built on the foundations made by the masts of old sailing ships.

More of the 49 Mile Drive, tomorrow.

Part 1: San Francisco Everyday Insider

Part 2: San Francisco Everyday Insider Trips

Part 3: San Francisco Everyday Insider (TM) – Flax Art and Design

Part 4: San Francisco 49 Mile Drive Venues 1-5

Part 5: San Francisco 49 Mile Drive Venues 6-7

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