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7 SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY BITS WE LEARNED ABOARD VANTIGO

by • July 19, 2014 • San Francisco MakersComments Off848

I grabbed some babely company and hopped on the Vantigo, dubbed SF’s unconventional adventure. Madison and I piled into Lilie, a 1971 Volkswagon Transporter deluxe. There’s nothing quite like San Francisco on a clear day – blue skies, crisp air, an invigorating breeze all to alert my senses that spring was in full swing. We instantly clicked with Erik and Amy, the founders of Vantigo. As we adventured our way through the bay, we picked up on some cool facts. I compiled a list of my favorite seven facts – educate yourself and read on.

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The Buena Vista Cafe located in fishermen’s wharf is not the birthplace of Irish coffee. In 1952 the owner of the bar and an international writer stayed up all night trying to re-create the famous concoction they had once tasted in the Shannon airport. They succeeded the next day and from the Buena Vista serves up to 2000 cups of Irish coffee in a day.

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The famous Fort Point at the foot of the Golden Gate bridge had cannons pointed towards the city in case the Confederate Army was going to attack by land. They also dynamited the 90 foot cliff to bring it down to a sea level platform so the cannon balls could ricochet off the water to hit enemy ships.

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Burning man was started on Baker beach in 1986. As the event grew to large it was then moved to the Nevada Black rock desert.

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Sutro Baths was built in the 1890′s and was the worlds largest swimming pool. It had 6 salt water baths and 1 fresh water bath. In order to get to the pools a lot of people took the train which is the now well traveled Lands end trail.

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The term Sugar Daddy comes from marriage of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to Adolph Spreckels the aire to a fortune based on the sugar trade. She was 24 years younger than Adolph which in her relationship she referred to him as her “Sugar Daddy”.

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There are wild green parrots cherry-headed conure that live all over San Francisco. The origins have many different stories but a real easy place to see them is at a bird feeder at the base of Lombard st. The parrots were made famous in the documentary “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” in which in chronicles the much smaller then flock’s interationn with an out of work musician.

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Much of the Financial district is built on landfill. During the gold rush it was recorded up to 500 vessels sailed into the San Francisco docks upon which much of the crews abandoned the ships. The ships were repuposed in a lot of cases for hotels, saloons and gambling halls. As time grew the bay was filled in and most of the ships were forgotten about underneath the now towering Financial District. Fast forward to modern times it seems every time we build a new building in the city we end up finding a ship.

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