When it comes to monuments in San Francisco, there is certainly no other single structure that symbolizes the city quite like the Golden Gate Bridge. This iconic bridge is without question the most...
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San Francisco is famous for its Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, and steep streets. Not a single bank in San Francisco failed during the Great Depression. In fact, business was so good that the city constructed the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oakland Bay Bridge during the Depression. The United Nations Charter was drafted and ratified in San Francisco in 1945. The Gold Rush resulted in San Francisco’s port becoming packed with abandoned ships.
With the demand to build the city up, the ships were torn apart and repurposed for homes, banks, and businesses. Three-quarters of the city was destroyed by an earthquake and fire, in 1906. The earthquake was the first natural disaster to be documented in photographs. The resulting fire burned for four days and caused more than $8 billion in damage in today’s dollars. Redwood trees helped salvage the city from the 1906 fire. Redwood has low resin content and a porous grain, which takes in lots of water. When the fire reached a building made of resin, they didn’t burn as quickly. The Navy of the U.S originally planned to colored the Golden Gate Bridge black with yellow stripes. But the famed “International Orange” color was intended to be a sealant. The only National Historical Monument that can move is San Francisco’s cable cars. The cables that pull the cars run at a constant speed of 9.5 MPH. The United States’ first Chinese immigrants came to San Francisco in 1848. Perhaps ironically, the Japanese Hagiwara family invented “Chinese” fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Park’s Tea Garden.
San Francisco resident Joshua Abraham Norton self-declared himself the Emperor of the United States. When he died, 10,000 people turned out to pay their respects. For the Gold Rush miners who needed durable yet comfortable clothing, Levi Strauss invented denim jeans in San Francisco.