San Francisco, United States

Urban Transitions: A San Francisco History Tour

Urban Transitions: A San Francisco History Tour

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8 tour stops

1

Woodward's Gardens

Founded in 1866, Woodward's Gardens was San Francisco's first large amusement park.

 
2

Central Freeway

Hayes Valley's eye sore becomes its unifying force.

 
3

Western Addition

An Historically African American Neighborhood changed by urban renewal.

 
4

Midwinter International Exposition of 1894

The Midwinter Fair created the basis of Golden Gate Park's Main Attraction.

 
5

Central Cemeteries: Columbarium

The vast area of San Francisco cemeteries included these two gems.

 
6

Panama Pacific International Exposition

The PPIE of 1916 marked the rebirth of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.

 
7

Eastern Boundary of the PPIE

A remnant of the PPIE in the form of a train tunnel.

 
8

Embarcadero Freeway

This controversial overpass ran from the Bay Bridge to Broadway.

 

Overview

On the corner of Mission and 13th Street is a worn plaque proclaiming the location where Woodward's Gardens once stood. Today, the site is an unassuming and blighted brick building on a dead-flat city block sitting adjacent to a freeway overpass, but 130 years ago the site held a zoo and museum on the side of a steep hill.

Woodward's Gardens is the first stop on an eight stop tour that include freeways, cemeteries, Corbusier inspired architecture, and a gargantuan world's fair. What do these disparate stops have in common? They were all sites that changed San Francisco's landscape on a massive scale sometimes rivaling the scale of the 1906 earthquake and fire.

The ride will be a moderately strenuous 3 to 4 mile ride and will be entirely on open streets, so reasonable physical condition and helmets are required.

Itinerary 22 km / 3:00

Offline map included

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