San Francisco October 19, 2016
10 Facts About San Francisco You Never Knew Were True
San Francisco is a town with a short, but dynamic history. We all know our cable cars from our streetcars, but did you know these 10 fun facts about Fog City?
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1. San Francisco has more dogs than children. According to Census and Animal Care and Control department data, San Francisco has around 10,000 more dogs than children.
2. The bear used for the image on the California State flag lived in Golden Gate Park. The bear, named Monarch, was one of the last wild grizzly bears in California.
3. Alcatraz was the only federal prison to offer hot water. Why? This was a strategy to prevent prisoners from trying to escape in the cold San Francisco Bay.
4. Irish Coffee was popularized in Fog City. In 1952, Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at Shannon Airport in Ireland. At the time, he worked with the Buena Vista cafe, which perfected the delicious drink.
5. In 1859, San Francisco citizen Joshua Abraham Norton self-declared himself the Emperor of the United States. At Norton I’s funeral, 10,000 people turned up to pay their respects. Note the picture below is not of the *actual* Emperor Norton.
6. The square mileage of San Francisco varies depending on what you include. So, it'll vary whether you include Alcatraz or Treasure Island or both! The US Census Bureau estimates San Francisco to be 46.87 square miles, while the SF Department of Public Works estimates the size to be 47.355 square miles.
7. Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco by Levi Strauss for the Gold Rush miners who needed tough, comfortable clothing. For once San Francisco and not New York took the lead in fashion!
8. The Beatles performed their final concert on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
9. The Chinese fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco.
10. There are over three hundred coffee houses within the city boundaries of San Francisco. This is an energizing fact for a city our size.
Did we miss an interesting fun fact about San Francisco? Let us know. If you’re curious, check out
10 Surprising Things You Never Thought About Doing In San Francisco.