photography 40 Astonishing Photos of San Francisco History  

Jude Newsome
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Explore San Francisco's history with a collection of old pictures showing the City by the Bay in black and white. Before the bridges united the Bay Area, San Francisco was a Gold Rush boomtown, and these historic photos show its transformation into a 20th century city.

All cities are constantly changing, but San Francisco has changed more dramatically than most, largely because of the 1906 earthquake and fires that still stand as the biggest natural disaster in California history. These vintage photographs from the late 1800s through the 1900s illustrate just how devastating the quake was and how drastically it changed the city's development.

These fascinating photos also show just how much San Francisco has also stayed the same even as the modern city took shape, with its cable cars, rolling hills, and old fashioned architecture staying strong alongside engineering achievements like the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Golden Gate Bridge Construction, 1936


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Cable Cars, 1927


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San Francisco's signature mode of transportation on Market Street.
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Union Square, 1885


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Workers Building the Bay Bridge, 1933 - 1936


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Hopefully they received hazard pay building the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
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