Chapter

Lords of the Hilltops

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948877 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268807.003.0016
Lords of the Hilltops

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Whenever the builders of San Francisco could not go forward, they went up. The City of San Francisco had leaped that crescent-shaped barrier of hills which swings from Telegraph Hill on the northeast to Twin Peaks in the middle of the Peninsula. Persistently the long files of houses climbed to the crests and down the other side. Where the heights defied scaling even by the cable car, the city's uphill progress was facilitated by steps. No San Franciscan was amazed to behold even that doughty railroad builder, Collis P. Huntington, being towed uphill to his mansion by the California Street grip. The pinnacle to which a man's rise in riches might carry him had a name in those days—Nob Hill, inspired by those “nabobs” of commerce and finance who looked down from its crest.

Keywords: San Francisco; Telegraph Hill; Twin Peaks; Collis P. Huntington; Nob Hill; nabobs; commerce; finance; crest

Chapter.  3588 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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