San Francisco's Visitacion Valley

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Rancho Cañada de Guadalupe, La Visitacion y Rodeo Viejo was named in July 1777 by a party of Spanish priests and soldiers who lost their way in heavy fog while en route to the Presidio. Now called Visitacion Valley, this area was the only Mexican land grant within San Francisco deeded to an Anglo. Windmills pumped water to irrigate the fields of early settlers' cattle farms, nurseries, and vegetable gardens, leading to the nickname "Valley of the Windmills." Over the years, however, the pastoral scenery gave way to a mix of housing and commerce, and today Visitacion Valley is one of the city's most ethnically diverse neighborhoods.
ISBN: 9780738530413
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The Visitacion Valley History Project has collected this intriguing volume of images and stories from people of all ages who have lived and worked here. These encompass the early days, the industries like Southern Pacific and Schlage Lock that once thrived here, the community centers and improvement clubs, the charming bungalows of Little Hollywood, Joseph Eichler's towers and townhouses, and newly planned developments that will have a lasting effects on the Valley. Together these add up to one of San Francisco's most distinctive areas, one that deserves recognition in the present as well as safeguarding for future generations.
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