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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.

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