Beyond the Golden Gate and hills, the quirky and forward-thinking urban melting pot of characters, ideas, and ethnicities has blazed its path through history with an emperor, an earthquake, and epiphanies of rebirth. From Gold Rush prospectors to Haight-Ashbury hippies, It Happened in San Francisco offers a unique look at intriguing people and episodes from the history of the City by the Bay. Meet Scotsman Andrew Hallidie, whose cable-car techlogy made the city's steep hills accessible. Discover how Alcatraz became the site of a two-year Native American occupation. And learn about the influential life of poet Allen Ginsberg, whose Howl expressed the attitudes, fears, and disillusionment of the Beat Generation. In an easy-to-read style that's entertaining and informative, San Francisco-based author Maxine Cass recounts some of her city's most captivating moments.
San Franciscan Maxine Cass roams the world to write and photograph award-winning guidebooks and articles. She is the author of AAA Photo Journey to San Francisco, Time for Food: San Francisco, and has updated San Francisco Off the Beaten Path. She enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of everyone's favorite city from her home near Golden Gate Park.