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Meet San Francisco

Almost everyone knows San Francisco is called the City by the Bay, but did you know that it was originally called Yerba Buena? The city was named for a sweet herb that grew in the area. The name was changed to San Francisco around 1850, after the California territory was won in the Mexican-American war and ratified as a state.

San Francisco is one of the most photographed places in America, and no wonder with such iconic landmarks! The Golden Gate Bridge was originally intended to be painted with black and yellow stripes, while its now-famous orange color was actually the primer. San Francisco’s cable cars are classified a National Historic Monument, and since they’re still in use today, they are America’s only National Historic Monument that can move. And Lombard Street, commonly thought to be the steepest street in San Francisco, is actually not; the steepest street is Filbert Street, with an incredible 31.5-degree grade.

Arguably the most famous person in San Francisco’s history is Joshua Abraham Norton, who in 1859 declared himself Emperor of the United States. The eccentric Emperor Norton was embraced by the people of SF and his title went unchallenged until his death. Nearly 30,000 people flooded into the city for Emperor Norton’s funeral in 1880.