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Union Square

May 26th Celebrates Union Square

Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on May 26th 1958, Union Square, San Francisco became a state historical landmark.

Union Square was originally a tall sand dune, and the square was later set aside to be made into a public park in 1850. Union Square got its name from the pro-Union rallies held there on the eve of the Civil War. The monument itself is also a tribute to the sailors of the United States Navy.

Union Square was built and dedicated by San Francisco’s first American mayor John Geary in 1850 and is so named for the pro-Union rallies that happened there before and during the United States Civil War.

Since then the plaza has undergone many notable changes, one of the most significant happening in 1903 with the dedication of a 97 ft. tall monument to Admiral George Dewey’s victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War, it also commemorates U.S. President William McKinley, who had been assassinated.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Maps of World), gives you a little slide show and movie of how the Union Square in San Francisco looks like. As we celebrate how on May 26th 1958, Union Square, San Francisco became a state historical landmark.

Union Square is the heartbeat of San Francisco ever-changing, eternally celebrating, yet firmly rooted in its rich past.

In 1847, the City of San Francisco commissioned Jasper O’Farrell to lay out a design for its streets and parks. Union Square was one of two public squares.

It was named on the eve of the Civil War as a demonstration of support for the Union.

In the 1930s, the Union Square Garage Corporation was formed and lobbied for permission to build the world’s first underground parking structure. After a California Supreme Court decision, permission was granted and they broke ground on May 31, 1941.

Today, Union Square retains its role as the ceremonial “heart” of San Francisco, serving as the site of many public concerts and events, art shows, impromptu protests, private parties and events, winter ice rink and the annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting. Public views of the square can be seen from surrounding buildings.

As celebrate how on May 26th 1958, Union Square, San Francisco became a state historical landmark.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


The First Organized Baseball Game

February 22nd Celebrates The First Organized Baseball Game

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 22nd 1860, the first organized base ball game was played in San Francisco.

Whether your baseball fan or not, it might interest to know how exactly did baseball came about through history.

During the Civil War, soldiers mostly Yankees, though some Rebels played baseball during battlefield lulls and in prison camps (including the Confederate-run Camp Ford in Texas).

In May 1866 the first known baseball team in the Northwest formed in Oregon the Pioneer Baseball Club of East Portland.
In 1869 the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first true professional baseball team.

Late that summer, the Red Stockings traveled to California via steamboat and the newly completed transcontinental railroad.

In San Francisco, the Wright brothers and colleagues defeated the Eagles, the Atlantics and the Pacific’s, usually by at least 40-run margins, and The San Francisco Chronicle praised the Red Stockings’ athletic ability as well as their “large and well-turned” legs.

Baseball was invented in America in 1845. But even before that, as early as the 1600s, people in England played a similar game called rounder’s. The players on the other team tried to tag the runner by throwing the ball at him and hitting him with it!

Just naming a few events history to you, baseball is been around for a while. It has been speculated that the game of baseball was played in California by men during the Gold Rush of 1849 when Alexander Cartwright, who is sometimes referred to as “the father of baseball”, came to San Francisco and is reported to have brought his baseball to the city in 1849.

In the 1860s baseball grew in prominence in San Francisco, with the first game reported to be between the Eagles and the Red Rovers on February 22, 1860, which is why we celebrate the first baseball game today.

The New York Knickerbockers were the first baseball team to wear uniforms, taking the field on April 4, 1849, in pants made of blue wool, white flannel shirts and straw hats.

Now that all the bases are filled, hope you like today’s fly ball information today, as we say, “Batter Up!”

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

Yerba Buena

January 30th Celebrates Yerba Buena

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 30th 1847 the town called Yerba Buena, was renamed as San Francisco.

The earliest archaeological evidence of human habitation of the territory of the city of San Francisco dates to 3000 BC. Native Americans who settled in this region found the bay to be a small natural resource for hunting and gathering their provisions and for the establishment of many small villages.

Yerba Buena was the original named by a Mexican settlement that would later become San Francisco, California.

Do you know what Yerba Buena stand’s for?

After the Native American Indians, around the 1800s there was a plant along the landscape that early Mexican Settlers called, “Yerba Buena,” which means the good herb.

Who actually discovered San Francisco?

Seven years later, on March 28, 1776, the Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, followed by a mission, Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores), established by the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.

Another four legged explorer was also known in San Francisco, were two stray dogs named Bummer and Lazarus, became local celebrities in San Francisco area, and became explorers of different type of settlement.

Where there are large cities you can expect see rats, but in 1860 one day when a fruit stand was cleaning out an upper gallery, the men flushed out a huge number of rats.

Bummer and Lazarus were right there to help with the clean-out, clearing the area of a reported 400 rats. Another time they were said to have killed 85 rats in 20 minutes.

An article in that newspaper in 1861 said that Bummer would go along the street, looking for “an acquaintance or a lunch-eater,” and he persuasively bummed handouts, thereby earning his name.

Lazarus arrived under duress. He was described as a yellow-black cur, with long legs, smooth fur, and a weak chin. The dog was emaciated and being chased by a much larger street dog.

Bummer saw that the little dog was being threatened and stepped in to protect him. The big dog backed down, but by this time Lazarus had suffered a bad bite on the leg. San Franciscans who stopped to observe the dogs didn’t think the smaller dog would make it.

The cur dog gained the name “Lazarus” because those who had observed the fight couldn’t believe he lived it was as if he had risen from the dead. (In the Gospel of John, Jesus restores Lazarus to life four days after he died.)

In the mid-nineteenth century, Bummer and Lazarus were not unique in western towns. As the population of communities grew, so did the presence of stray animals.

In Los Angeles in the 1840s, dogs actually outnumbered people by two to one. San Francisco’s problem was less severe but there was still a high population of wandering dogs.

Not to wander away from today’s story, as we remember how on January 30th 1847 the town called Yerba Buena became San Francisco.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

The Golden Gate Bridge

January 5th Celebrates The Golden Gate Bridge

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco began construction on January 5th 1933.

Once called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” today it is one the seven wonders of the modern world. This magnificent span, perhaps San Francisco’s most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides.

Opened in 1937, the bridge was built at a cost of $35 million in principal and $39 million in interest and 11 workers’ lives.

The single-suspension span is anchored by twin towers that reach skyward 746 feet, and was once taller than any building in San Francisco.

To support the suspended roadway, two cables, each more than 7,000 feet in length and both containing 80,000 miles of wire stretch over the top of the towers and are rooted in concrete anchorages on shore.

More than 10 years in planning due to formidable opposition, but only four years in actual construction, the Golden Gate Bridge brought the communities of San Francisco and Marin counties closer together.

Before the bridge was built, the only practical short route between San Francisco and what is now Marin County was by boat across a section of San Francisco Bay. Ferry service began as early as 1820, with regularly scheduled service beginning in the 1840s for purposes of transporting water to San Francisco.

The Sausalito Land and Ferry Company service, launched in 1867, eventually became the Golden Gate Ferry Company, a Southern Pacific Railroad subsidiary, the largest ferry operation in the world by the late 1920s.

Although the idea of a bridge spanning the Golden Gate was not new, the proposal that eventually took hold was made in a 1916 San Francisco Bulletin article by former engineering student James Wilkins.

San Francisco’s City Engineer estimated the cost at $100 million, which would have been $2.12 billion in 2009 and impractical for the time.
The bridge’s name was first used when the project was initially discussed in 1917 by M.M. O’Shaughnessy, city engineer of San Francisco, and Strauss.
The name became official with the passage of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District Act by the state legislature in 1923, creating a special district to design, build and finance the bridge.

Construction began on January 5, 1933. The project cost more than $35 million, completing ahead of schedule and under budget.

Eleven men killed from falls during construction, ten were killed (when the bridge was near completion on May 27, 1937) when the net failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen.

According to Travel Channel’s Monumental Mysteries, the workers platform that was attached to a rolling hanger on a track collapsed when the bolts that were connected to the track were too small and the amount of weight was too great to bear. The platform fell into the safety net, but was too heavy and the net gave way. Two out of the twelve workers survived the 200-foot fall into the icy waters, including the 37-year-old foreman, Slim Lambert.

Nineteen others who were saved by the net over the course of construction became proud members of their Half Way to Hell Club, but what a great wonder the Golden Gate Bridge has been all these years as remember the construction of it starting on January 5th.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell