San Francisco - The Bay and Its Cities
I recently learned about the WPA project and have been eager to find this book - luckily, it's in our library. When I worked at Montalvo Arts Center, a visitor had the book in hand and was eager to learn more about the Villa and its history... so began my hunt for the book. First written in 1940, with a second edition in 1947, the book is a fully annotated 1940's era travel guide for San Francisco and the Bay Area. The geography and history of our region is extensive. I especially enjoyed reading about San Francisco's explosive growth during the gold rush and its effect on local society and the economy. And it is fun reading about historic buildings and sites (some now gone) throughout the region. Some anachronisms and now non-politically correct ideas but a great resource on the history of our region by local writers.