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Articles by John Freeman
Westerly Winds: Early Aviation in the Outside Lands
Robert G. Fowler/s flight from the Polo Fields to cross the country in 1911.
( Dec 1, 2016)
How Water Shaped Development of the Outside Lands
Initial development of the Richmond and Sunset Districts was predicated on the availability of water.
( Mar 13, 2014)
Ostriches at San Francisco's Ocean Beach?
The story of Golden Gate Ostrich Farm at Ocean Beach in San Francisco's Richmond District.
( Dec 5, 2012)
Sleuthing in the Digital Age
Unraveling the Mystery of Two 1890s Richmond District Houses
( Mar 23, 2012)
The Odyssey of the Original Beach Chalet
The drama and travels of San Francisco's first Beach Chalet.
( May 25, 2011)
The Trading Post
1930s market at 2450 Judah Street.
( Jan 14, 2011)
708 Clement Street
From the Pioneer Potato Market in the 1910s to the Clement Street Bar & Grill in the 2010s.
( Apr 23, 2010)
Golden Gate Park---Oasis and Obstacle
The Legacy of the Fight for a Cross-Park Streetcar Route
( Mar 27, 2009)
The famous comedienne was schooled in the Richmond District.
( Jul 25, 2008)
Father of the Richmond District
Builder Fernando Nelson's Richmond District work.
( Oct 21, 2007)
Geary Bakery, 1925
5321 Geary Boulevard, the future site of Dave Sullivan's Sporting Goods
( Sep 28, 2007)
Johnnie "The Birdman" Williams
John Williams had a trained bird act that he plied at both Ocean Beach and in the vicinity of the Cliff House from the late 1880s until 1907.
( Jan 29, 2007)
Beertown was the name given to a five-block stretch of Fulton Street, which started in the 1870s with watering holes servicing patrons of the Bay District Racetrack.
( Oct 30, 2006)
Comics Crusade of 1954
The comics crusade was a nationwide movement driven by churches, the PTA, and the comic book industry.
( May 6, 2006)
Spanish Town: Street Names in Western SF
The Alphabet of the Richmond and Sunset
( Jan 1, 2005)
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