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Don Anderson
Anthropologist, recovering cabdriver
Anthropologist, recovering cabdriver
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The Misadventures of Mike Brannigan (Part Fourteen)
The Worst Cabdriver in Galveston Galveston in the 1880s ( Library of Congress ) (Read Part Thirteen: Pimpin' Ain't Easy ) On the afternoon of September 29th,
1874, a young woman stepped off a train in Galveston, Texas. Mary
Burton was 22 years old and a sea...

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The Misadventures of Mike Brannigan (Part Thirteen)
Pimpin' Ain't Easy! Or,  The Worst Cabdriver in San Francisco (Again) Sex workers in 19th Century San Francisco. ( San Francisco Public Library ) (Read Part Twelve: "It is Legal to Shoot Mike Brannigan" ) On February 2nd, 1868, two young women stepped off t...

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Yet Most I Love Your Scars
San Francisco By Maynard Dixon (1913) I love the flowing sky-line of your
hills, Blue spaces that encircle you with
dreams; I love the rugged contour of your
strength That points the sky with pinnacles of
steel; Your jaunty men make confident with
health, T...

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The Misadventures of Mike Brannigan (Part Twelve)
“It is Legal to Shoot Mike Brannigan” San Francisco was hit by two great earthquakes in the 1860s.  Mark  Twain  witnessed the collapse  of the building in the center image   of  this depiction of the 1865 quake. (Print by D.E. Appleton,    Online Archive o...

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The Misadventures of Mike Brannigan (Part Eleven)
The Worst Scoundrel in Virginia City Fun times in a Virginia City saloon. Illustration from Harper's Monthly ( Digital History Project ) (Read Part Ten: Escape from San Quentin! ) The Gold Rush put San Francisco on the
map, but it was the Silver Rush that m...

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The Misadventures of Mike Brannigan (Part Ten)
Escape
from San Quentin! Prisoners at San Quentin, about 1871. The striped uniforms were issued after the great prison break of 1862. ( Online Archive of California ) (Read Part Nine:   The Brannigan Outrage ) At
His Trade—Mike Brannigan, immediately after ...
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