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Down the Peninsula

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/9780520268807.003.0025
Down the Peninsula

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The wedge-shaped strip of territory known to all San Franciscans as “the Peninsula,” broad at its base in the south and pinched to a tip by ocean and Bay at its northern end, is a multicolored land. It embraces tall mountains darkly forested, white sandy beaches enclosed on three sides by steep rocky cliffs, peaceful farms with chaste white buildings, broad walled estates with stately old mansions, and busy towns bright with red and green roofs of modern stucco homes. Explorers of Spain and Catholic mission builders, trudging north from established Monterey, were the first white men to look on its hills and water and plain. Today, thousands of San Franciscans live on the Peninsula and drive to work or ride the commute trains playing never-ending games of bridge on tables held on knees between coach seats.

Keywords: San Franciscans; Peninsula; mountains; beaches; explorers; Spain; Monterey

Chapter.  14618 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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