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12 Then And Now Photos In San Francisco That Show Just How Much It Has Changed

San Francisco has always been a city unafraid of change and innovation. Even in its toughest, shakiest times, its residents have fought hard to rebuild it and turn it into one of the U.S.’s most charming cities. Here, we’ve gathered photos—some that trace all the way back to the Gold Rush—that capture the city in a time before its great bridges were built. See San Francisco then and now, from the bay to the breakers.

What do you think of these then and now photos? If you could live in San Francisco at any moment in time, when would that be? Let us know in the comments!

Stephanie Garr
Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, California. When she's not tapping at a keyboard, she can be found leading groups on gourmet chocolate walking tours (best job ever) or running the many lovely hills and stairs of the city (to burn off all that chocolate, of course). She also runs a travel blog with her husband at Big & Small Travel (