Beyond the Golden Gate: 35 Intriguing Facts About San Francisco

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26Water Supply Systems

Water Supply Systems

The San Francisco Fire Department has three separate fire-fighting water supply systems. The three are low-pressure water supply, the high-pressure auxiliary water supply, and 172 underground water cisterns holding approximately 11 million gallons of water.


27. Between 1867 and 1974, various cities of the United States had "ugly laws". In San Francisco, a law of 1867 deemed it illegal for "any person, who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or deformed... to expose himself or herself to public view."


28. In 2013, Federal District Court in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit from Dairy Farmers to rename Almond Milk to "Nut Juice" for false advertising since "Nuts don't Lactate" It was rejected as "No reasonable consumer would mistake a product like soy milk or almond milk with dairy milk from a cow.”


29. In 1906, San Francisco tried to relocate Chinatown before China sent over diplomats stating that the Emperor was unhappy, and threatened the Cessation of Trade to San Francisco.


30. The San Francisco Fire Department still uses wooden ladders, which they make and maintain themselves. Some are close to 100 years old and still in operation.


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31San Jose

San Jose

Although it's called the "San Francisco Bay Area", the city of San Francisco isn't even the biggest city in that area. San Jose, it's neighbor to the South, is more populous and nearly 4 times larger in area.


32. The San Francisco Bay wasn't discovered for over 200 years after Europeans first discovered California due to the Farallon Islands. Expeditions were so fearful of them that they sailed west to avoid them, thus missing the small Golden Gate inlet. The Bay was later discovered by land.


33. The Jesuit-Run University of San Francisco had their phone prefix as 666 from 1972 to 1992.


34. In 2012, when repair workers pulled open a broken BART escalator at San Francisco’s Civic Center Station, they found so much human excrement in it that they had to call a hazardous-materials team.


35. 29% of San Francisco's air pollution comes from China.

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