Historical Landmarks

Welcome to the historical landmarks of San Francisco tour webpage. Here we will give your our most top five popular San Francisco historical landmarks to vist and as well of a knowledgeable background of the place.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island is the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. The first Spaniard to document the island was Juan Manuel de Ayala, who charted San Francisco Bay in 1775 and named it, "La Isla de los Alcatraces," which means "The Island of the Pelicans." Before that, Native Americans believed the island to be cursed and kept away from it, calling it "Evil Island." In 1934, it became America's first maximum security civilian penitentiary and is best known for being at the time, an inescapable prison dubbed, "The Rock." It housed such high profile criminals as Al "Scarface" Copone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and Robert Stroud, also known as "The Birdman of Alcatraz." To this day, there are no confirmed escapes from the island. Alcatraz Island is a very popular tourist attraction and appears often in popular media and culture including such films as The Book of Eli (2010), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Rock (1996), Murder in the First (1995), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), and most recently Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013).

Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores was founded on June 29, 1776 by Lietenant Jose Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palou. Both were members of the de Anza Expedition and companions of Father Juniperro Serra. It was named after the nearby creek, Arroyo de los Dolores, or "Creek of Sorrows." Not only is it the oldest original intact Mission in California, it is also the oldest surviving building in San Francisco. It somehow survived the 1906 earthquake with minor damages while surrounding missions were destroyed. The Mission Cemetary is the only remaining cemetary within the city of San Francisco. It is the final resting place for many First Californians as well as numerous Ohlone, Miwok, and other notable Californian pioneers. Mission Dolores has historic, religious, and architectual significance, making it unique and a memorable destination for tourists and visitors.

City Hall

San Francisco City Hall is a replacement of the orginal one which was destoryed by an earthquake in 1905. Re-opened in 1915, in its open space area in the city's Civic Center, is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917. Renovated to have splendid architecture, inside and outside that will get you awing. City Hall has services for wedding celemony and it is fully accessible to people with disabilities, including the addition of audible infrared signage for individuals who are blind or visually impaired as well.

Coit Tower

Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, was built in 1933, and stands as a 210-foot tower in the Telegraph Hill. It was design by Lilie Hitchcock Coit and Arthur Brown using Art Deco for its style. Lilie funded 1/3 of her wealth which amounted to $118,000 for beauty of the city she loved. Being well known as a matron saint of San Francisco firefighters, the memorial was built under her name. It was Supervisor Herbert Fleishhacker who suggested a memorial on Telegraph Hill, which was approved by the estate executors. An additional $7,000 in city funds were appropriated, and a design competition was initiated. The winner was architect Arthur Brown and tooked 5 years to construct.

Golden Gate Bridge

Open in 1937, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, is well known for its iconic symbol of the city and long suspension bridge main span reaching nearly about 4,200 feet. It is of magnificent beauty and view that changes in time and weather. We suggest a tour by bike or hike to the gain fullest experience unimaginable and lets not forget to bring the cameria.