Kitchen Magnet Depicting Landmarks of San Francisco
What better souvenir to remember your trip to San Francisco than this acrylic fridge magnet? Featuring colorful and fun drawings of some of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, this magnet will be a nice addition to your collection. The landmarks shown on it include the Golden Gate Bridge, perhaps the most recognizable feature of San Francisco’s skyline; Alcatraz, the famous prison island; the Ferry Building; the Coit Tower; a trolley car, the city’s iconic means of public transportation; the Conservatory of Flowers; and the Painted Ladies, colorfully painted Victorian houses indelibly associated with the cityscape. Printed on acrylic, this magnet will give you years of viewing pleasure.
San Francisco: The City by the Bay
San Francisco was founded by the Spanish in 1776, when California was still a part of the Spanish Empire. During the Mexican-American War San Francisco became a part of the United States when Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the US and Mexico formally ceded the territory at the end of the war in 1848. Gold was discovered soon afterwards, starting the California Gold rush in 1849 (whence name of the San Francisco 49ers football team) and exploding San Francisco’s population from 1,000 to 25,000. In 1906 a major earthquake struck the San Francisco area, leveling buildings and rupturing gas lines. Soon the entire city was ablaze, and by the time the fires burnt out nearly three quarters of it lay in ruins and hundreds of lives were lost. San Francisco quickly rebounded, however, and was soon booming again. The Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge were completed by 1937, the former becoming a defining image of the city. A hub of the counterculture in the 1960s, the city was again subject to rapid economic growth in the 1990s with the rise of nearby Silicon Valley and the dotcom boom.