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The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, is a metropolitan region that surrounds the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries (collectively, the San Francisco Bay) in Northern California. The region encompasses metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, along with smaller urban and rural areas. The nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Home to approximately 7.15 million people, the nine-county Bay Area contains many cities, towns, airports, and associated regional, state, and national parks, connected by a network of roads, highways, railroads, bridges, tunnels and commuter rail. The combined urban area of San Jose and San Francisco is the 53rd largest urban area in the world.
The Bay Area is anchored by three major cities. San Francisco is world renowned for its storied history, steep hills, cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the second-most densely populated major city (population greater than 200,000) in the United States. The largest city in the Bay Area in land area and population is San Jose, which is located in the South Bay and is part of the high technology hub known as Silicon Valley. Oakland, the third most populous city, is the main city of the East Bay, and contains the Port of Oakland, the fifth busiest intermodal container port in the United States, and an anchor point for the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. The region's northern counties encompass California's famous Wine Country. The Bay Area is renowned for its natural beauty, liberal politics, entrepreneurship, and diversity. The area includes the five highest California counties by per capita income and two of the top 25 wealthiest counties in the United States.
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The Bayshore Freeway is a part of U.S. Route 101 in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. It runs along the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, connecting San Jose with San Francisco. Within the city of San Francisco, the freeway is also known as James Lick Freeway. The road was originally built as a surface road, the Bayshore Highway, and later upgraded to freeway standards. Before 1964, it was mostly marked as U.S. Route 101 Bypass, with US 101 using the present State Route 82 (El Camino Real).
Before the Dumbarton and San Mateo-Hayward Bridges were built across the San Francisco Bay in the 1920s, San Francisco was bottled up at the north end of a long peninsula, with driving south on El Camino Real towards San Jose as the only reasonable alternative to the ferries for crossing the bay. The first of several highways built as an alternate to El Camino Real was the Skyline Boulevard, which was added to the state highway system in 1919. A second route, the Bay Shore Highway (Route 68), became a state highway in 1923, but only from the San Francisco city limits into San Mateo County, where the Dumbarton Bridge would begin. Just prior to the start of construction on the Dumbarton Bridge, San Francisco Supervisor Richard J. Welch noted that the Bay Shore Highway would need to be built all the way to San Jose as an escape valve for the additional traffic that the bridge would attract. (more...)
Ina Coolbrith (March 10, 1841 – February 29, 1928) was an American poet, writer, librarian, and a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. Called the "Sweet Singer of California", she was the first California Poet Laureate and the first poet laureate of any American state.
Coolbrith, born the niece of Latter Day Saint movement founder Joseph Smith, Jr., left the Mormon community as a child to enter her teens in Los Angeles, California, where she began to publish poetry. She terminated a youthful failed marriage to make her home in San Francisco, and met writers Bret Harte and Charles Warren Stoddard with whom she formed the "Golden Gate Trinity" closely associated with the literary journal Overland Monthly. Her poetry received positive notice from critics and established poets such as Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce and Alfred Lord Tennyson. She held literary salons at her home—in this way she introduced new writers to publishers. Coolbrith befriended the poet Joaquin Miller and helped him gain global fame. (more...)
...that the Liberty Head double eagle or Coronet double eagle is an American twenty-dollar gold piece struck as a pattern coin in 1849, and for commerce from 1850 to 1907. It was designed by Bureau of the Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre. Just over half of the double eagles struck between 1850 and 1933 were minted at the San Francisco Mint. (more...)
...that Anne Gust, a resident of Oakland, California, is an American businesswoman and politician who currently serves as the First Lady of California, serving alongside her husband, Governor of California Jerry Brown. Prior to her marriage to Brown, Gust was a lawyer and executive for the clothing retailer The Gap. Gust has been noted for her influence on her husband during his time in office. (more...)
...that the Blue Wing Inn in Sonoma, California, was one of the first hotels, reputedly the first hotel, built in California north of San Francisco. The original hotel, constructed by order of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in 1836, was a simple one-story building. However, in 1848 during the California Gold Rush it was purchased by seafarer James Cooper and ship's carpenter Thomas Spriggs, who together expanded the hotel to incorporate a saloon. (more...)
...that Bay Area Bike Share is a regional public bicycle sharing system in the San Francisco Bay Area. The system began operations in August 2013 and has 700 bicycles available in 70 stations, half around the city of San Francisco, and the rest along the Caltrain corridor in Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose. (more...)
~ Robert Frost, A Peck of Gold (1926)
||Such was life in the Golden Gate:
Gold dusted all we drank and ate,
And I was one of the children told,
'We all must eat our peck of gold.'
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