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San Francisco was a land of sand dunes and roaming animals when the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. Though much of San Francisco developed in the ensuing years the Haight Ashbury remained in its virginal state of sand dunes and roaming wildlife. Now the city easily encompasses the Haight district but in the early and mid 19th century the Haight had only a few barn houses because the city had not expanded far enough westward. The Haight was in the minority because its soil was more fertile than the rest of San Francisco. The Haight also had trees and small springs as opposed to the acres of sand that had been in downtown. In the 1850’s the Haight was had four dairy farms. Each farm was approximately nine acres and their owners are now immortalized with street names. The northern farm was owned by Henry Haight, who became the first governor of California. The eastern farm was owned buy R. Beverly Cole. The Southern farm was owned by Gratten and the Westward farm was owned by Stanyan. The city was rapidly expanding as the economy became more stable and less dependent on the gold and silver found in the hills. With this new economy came more and more families and children that had not been present during the rough and tumble first years of the gold rush.


Learn why Old 21 was built in this area.

Captain James Lee
On: Old 21

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