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San Francisco Facts

Few cities are more famous than San Francisco, California. With its diverse culture and incredible history, it is easy to see why it has become a major destination for travelers from all over the world. But, here are 7 things you didn't know about San Francisco.

  1. The San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 destroyed more than three fourths of the city's building and left more than half of the city's population of 400,000 homeless.

  2. When American settlers first came to the area, the town was named Yerba Buena.

  3. The United Nations, located in New York City, was created by the signing of the UN Charter. That charter was drafted and signed in the city of San Francisco in 1945.

  4. Based largely on the California Gold Rush, the population of San Francisco rose from 1,000 residents in 1848 to roughly 25,000 residents by the end of 1849.

  5. Famous for its hills, there are more than 50 of them within the city limits of San Francisco.

  6. When the stock market crashed in 1929, not one single San Francisco based bank failed.

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  8. A number of islands also fall completely or partially within the city limits of San Francisco, including: Alcatraz, Treasure Island (home of a World's Fair), Red Rock Island, Yerba Buena Island, Angel Island, and Alameda Island. In a real oddity of city boundaries in America, the Farallon Islands uninhabited and located 27 miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean are included within the city limits of San Francisco.

  9. San Francisco will continue to be one of the most popular destinations in the country. There is never a lack of things to do in San Francisco, California.

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