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Fun Facts about San Francisco, CA

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Is there more to San Francisco, California, than warm weather and beautiful people? You bet there is! Read on to discover some enchanting fun facts.

1. A city of many names

San Francisco was originally called Yerba Buena, a Spanish name meaning “good herb” or “good grass.” “Baghdad by the Bay” coined by columnist Herb Caen, and “The City that Knows How” are among the common nicknames of the city.

2. The city of billionaires

Did you know that San Francisco is one of the richest cities in the world? It ranks fourth in the world, after New York, Moscow and London, in terms of the numbers of billionaires that call it home. This is despite the fact that it has less than 10% of the population of the other three cities. San Francisco is also known for having the largest Chinese community in the world, outside of China.

3. The bridge that is too long to paint

An important tourist spot in San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge. Established in 1937, it is the world’s second longest single span. It links San Francisco with Marin County and the Redwood Empire. The Golden Gate Bridge is continuously painted and repainted all the time, because the bridge is so long that by the time the paint crew gets from one end to the other, it’s time to start over again.

4. More facts you never thought you didn’t know

Muir Woods, an unspoiled and remarkably scenic stand of giant redwoods, is located just across the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is the birthplace of many things that are our today. The Chinese Fortune Cookie was invented at the Japanese Tea Garden by Makato Hagiwara. Chop Suey was created in 1878 during a banquet. Denim Jeans were also invented in San Francisco. It was primarily for the use of the Gold Rush miners because they needed rough clothes that were comfortable at the same time.

5. Where there is a coffee shop for everyone

San Francisco is known for its coffee shops, of which there are over three hundred within its boundaries. It is here that the famous Irish coffee was invented. Caffe Trieste is the first coffee shop in San Francisco that was established in 1956. It is said that large portions of the famous The Godfather Trilogy script was written here by Francis Ford Coppola.

6. Of crooked streets and notorious places

Lombard Street is not the crookedest street, as is popularly thought to be. It is Vermont Avenue. The notorious Alcatraz federal prison island is located in San Francisco Bay, where Al Capone spent five years. It was closed in 1963.

7. The eccentric mayor who liked to bathe

The Sutro Baths is an extravagant public bathhouse built by the eccentric former mayor, Adolph Sutro, who is also known for building the Cliff House. The Sutro Baths is located at Ocean Beach where a massive crowd of 7000 people gathered on the occasion of its official opening.

8. Motels, star treks and plagiarizing poets

The Motel Inn on Monterey Street is the first motel in existence. It opened up in 1925 in San Luis Obispo. The name Monterey Jack Cheese is a tribute to David Jacks, who spent much of his adult life trying to sell his cheese.

Did you know that the Star Fleet Headquarters in Star Trek is located just north of San Francisco? The computer mouse was invented in Silicon Valley and the picture of a rolling hill against a blue sky which is the default wallpaper in Windows XP was shot in the Napa Valley.

Those were just a few of the many charms and secrets that San Francisco has to offer the discerning traveler. If you want to discover more, why don’t you book one of the most romantic San Francisco hotels and explore the city?

Photo of the Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA by Julie, Dave & Family


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Venere Travel Blog writer grace a.

Grace lives in India. She loves to travel, not as a tourist, but to soak in the secrets of the nooks and crannies of this amazing planet. She also loves words, expressed through the medium of writing. She firmly believes that a well crafted piece of writing can accomplish ANYTHING!

19 responses to “Fun Facts about San Francisco, CA”

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  1. Kris says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 15:00

    I like Grace’s bio! (thanks for the factoids; I’m using them for my blog : )

  2. Rory says:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 15:06

    You offer some informative facts which most people doesnt know. Indeed, a fantastic read.

  3. lilly says:
    October 28th, 2011 at 02:00


  4. Emily Freehoff says:
    May 25th, 2012 at 01:05

    i am going to sanfrancisco and i used this info to use when i get there!thx!!!!!!!

    ps:i am a traveler too

  5. sweety says:
    November 20th, 2012 at 22:45

    i just came 2 san francisco and i wanted to know
    about it so u helped me with it !

    see u la8r

  6. sheemalla says:
    November 27th, 2012 at 05:27

    he he he he he he he he he

  7. Makai,Myers says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 17:30

    Wow thanks

  8. Gavin Smith says:
    May 21st, 2013 at 00:42

    I Always like the text which provides the full and some unknown facts about a city or country. Here i got some more useful information about San Francisco which is wonderful.

  9. Bruce Hotchkiss says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 17:32

    You need to rethink your comment that “San Francisco is also known for having the largest Chinese community in the world, outside of China.” Both Vancouver, B.C. and Toronto, Ont. have much larger Chinese populations.

  10. Anton says:
    June 4th, 2013 at 02:18

    You should check your facts about the painting of the GGB. What you printed is not accurate.

  11. Stockton says:
    July 29th, 2013 at 21:21

    I love it did!You do it from your head our did you search it up? But anyway I love it!(:

  12. poop says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 16:19

    nothing nothing at all

  13. Maritza says:
    April 16th, 2014 at 23:09

    I like these facts interesting!!!

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