A TIMELINE OF SAN FRANCISCO

By Tim Lambert

Early San Francisco

1769

Gaspar de Portola finds San Francisco Bay

1776

A fort is built at San Francisco

1797

A mission is founded

1808

Jedediah Smith crosses the Sierra Nevada Mountains

1835

A settlement called Yerba Buena is founded

1846

US sailors and marines go ashore at San Francisco

1848

Gold is discovered in California. As a result San Francisco booms.

1849

The population of San Francisco reaches 25,000

1851

San Francisco is devastated by a fire

1857

San Francisco waterworks begins

1859

Henry Comstock discovers silver

1870

The population of San Francisco reaches 150,000

1873

The first cable car in San Francisco is tested in Clay Street

Modern San Francisco

1900

The population of San Francisco has risen to over 300,000

1906

San Francisco is devastated by an earthquake

1912

Alcatraz opens as a military prison

1917

Hallidie Building is built

1924

Saints Peter and Paul Church is built in San Francisco

1933

Coit Bridge is built

1934

Bloody Thursday takes place. Alcatraz becomes a civilian prison.

1937

Golden Gate Bridge opens

1963

Alcatraz closes

1989

Another earthquake strikes San Francisco

1992

Fire sweeps Oakland Hills

2017

The population of San Francisco is 884,000

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