California in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the Golden State

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San Francisco

Railroad Stations: 3rd and Townsend Sts. and Ferry Bldg., foot of Market St., for Southern Pacific R.R.; by bus from 44 4th St. for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Ry.; Ferry Bldg. for Pacific R.R. and Northwestern Pacific R.R.; Bay Bridge Terminal, 1st and Mission Sts., for Sacramento Northern R.R.

Bus Stations: 75 Fifth St. for Pacific Greyhound Lines; 44 Fourth St. for Santa Fe and Burlington Trailways, Napa Valley Bus Co., Sacramento Northern, Key System, and River Auto Stages; 781 Market St. for Dollar Stages and the Gray Line; 40 Eddy St. for all American Bus Lines and Airline Bus Co.

Airport: San Francisco Municipal Airport (Mills Field) 13 m. S. on US 101, for United Airlines, Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc.; Treasure Island for Pan American Airways; taxi to San Francisco Airport, flat rate from downtown business district, $3 one way, $5 round trip, time 25 min.

Taxis: 25¢ first 1/3 m., 10¢ each additional 2/5 m.

Streetcars and Busses: Fares 5¢ and 7¢, free transfers; cable railroad fare 5¢, free transfers; interurban cars serving Peninsula to San Mateo, fare 27¢, round trip 47¢; interurban cars serving Eastbay, fare 21¢, round trip 42¢.

Ferries: Ferry Bldg., foot of Market St. for Southern Pacific ferries to Eastbay, pedestrians 21¢, automobiles 30¢ one way, round trip 50¢ (1 to 5 passengers); for Key Route System ferries to Treasure Island, pedestrians only, 10¢; for Northwestern Pacific ferries to Sausalito, pedestrians only, 15¢, round trip 25¢.

Bridges: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge approaches: 5th and Bryant Sts., and Frémont and Harrison Sts.; toll 50¢ (1 to 5 passengers), 5¢ for each additional passenger. Golden Gate Bridge approaches: Marina Blvd. and Baker St., and Lombard and Broderick Sts.; toll 50¢ (1 to 5 passengers), 5¢ for each additional passenger; pedestrians 10¢ within turnstiles.

Piers: Embarcadero, foot of Market St. Coastwise passage in occasional freighters only. For travel to East Coast, outlying possessions, and foreign countries consult telephone directory or travel bureaus.

Traffic Regulations: 20 m.p.h. in business district; 25 m.p.h. in residential district; no U-turn in business district; right turn on red when not interfering with pedestrians, except in business district. No daytime parking on Market St.

Accommodations: 1,439 hotels, auto and trailer camps in environs.

Information Service: California State Chamber of Commerce, 356 Bush St.; California Automobile Association (A.A.A.), 150 Van Ness Ave.; San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 333 Pine St.; National Auto Club, 228 Pine St., U.S. Forest Service, 760 Market St.

Radio Stations: KSFO (560 kc), KFRC (610 kc), KPO (680 kc), KGO (790 kc), KROW (930 kc), KJBS (1070 kc), KYA (1230 kc), KSAN (1420 kc).

Theaters and Motion Picture Houses: Three legitimate theaters regularlyshowing; numerous little theaters; 80 motion picture houses.

Concert Halls: War Memorial Opera House, Van Ness Ave. and Grove St.; Veterans’ Auditorium, Van Ness Ave. and McAllister St.; Civic Auditorium, Grove St. between Polk and Larkin Sts.; Scottish Rite Auditorium, Van Ness Ave. and Sutter St.; Community Playhouse, 609 Sutter St.; Dreamland Auditorium, Steiner and Post Sts.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Maps xiii
  • General Information xv
  • Calendar of Events xix
  • A Guide to Recreation xxi
  • Preface 1939 xxix
  • Editorial Staff xxxi
  • Introduction xxxiii
  • Part I - California- From Past to Present 1
  • El Dorado Up to Date 3
  • Natural Setting and Conservation 8
  • The First Californians 33
  • California’s Last Four Centuries 41
  • Riches from the Soil 66
  • Industry and Finance 79
  • From Clipper Ship to Clipper Plane 87
  • Workingmen 95
  • Press and Radio 109
  • The Movies 120
  • Education 131
  • The Arts 139
  • Architecture 167
  • Part II - Signposts to City Scenes 177
  • Berkeley 179
  • Fresno 188
  • Hollywood 192
  • Long Beach 201
  • Los Angeles 206
  • Monterey 230
  • Oakland 237
  • Pasadena 245
  • Sacramento 250
  • San Diego 258
  • San Francisco 265
  • San Jose 298
  • Santa Barbara 304
  • Stockton 311
  • Part III - Up and Down the State 315
  • Tour 1 317
  • Death Valley National Monument 645
  • Sequoia and General Grant National Parks 655
  • Yosemite National Park 667
  • Golden Gate International Exposition 680
  • Part IV - Appendices 685
  • Chronology 687
  • A Select Reading List of California Books 694
  • Index 699
  • Agriculture *
  • Education *
  • Cities I *
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  • History *
  • Industry; Commerce and Transportation *
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  • The Natural Setting *
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