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San Francisco, Stadt des Nebels
San Francisco, Stadt des Nebels

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While perhaps not as well-known as are the names of the “Big Four” Railroad Kings – Stanford, Huntington, Crocker, and Hopkins – the names of the “Big Four” of the mining operations which centered both in Nevada and San Francisco are of prime importance.
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The branch of the Bank of California that was established in Virginia City became one of the busiest of its kind in all the west.
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On December 1, 1855, a notable change came in the Ralston fortunes when, deciding to remain permanently in San Francisco, he opened an office in the city with the help of three other associates.
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No man possessed to a more eminent degree than he the sincere geniality which endears an individual to his followers. With him has passed something that mere money cannot replace. He was the vast vision of the builders and his like shall never pass this…
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If San Franciscans have always loved parades, they have also always had a special place in their civic affections for expositions and fairs.
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The decade of the 1890s was a crowded one in San Francisco’s civic past.
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Mention has been made of the centennial year of 1876; not surprisingly, it was marked by some impressive celebrations birth on the civic and religious level.
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Mention could well have been made earlier in treating of the 1860s and 1870s that San Francisco in general and the Jesuit Order in particular were then the better for the presence in the city of a very distinguished scientist and scholar.
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By 1880, there was a substantial increase in the population of San Francisco which the federal census then reported as 233,939; this figure was up over 75,000 from ten years previously.
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Despite the opulence, which might let one conclude that all was distinguished about San Francisco, the city did have occasional visitors who were critical of what they saw.
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