Oldest San Francisco: A Guide to Historic Treasures



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Title: Oldest San Francisco: A Guide to Historic Treasures
Author: Alec Scott
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781681064994
Price: $22.50

Oldest San Francisco draws a picture of a city that exploded during the Gold Rush and has since drawn generations of dreamers to it. From Alcatraz to the Presidio to the Ferry Building, from the Tadich Grill to the Mechanics’ Institute to Gump’s Department Store, it tells the stories of the longtime-institutions that have made San Francisco distinctive.

Learn about Ghirardelli, a family firm that helped make San Francisco a chocolate mecca. Discover the Tadich Grill that has served downtown diners since the Gold Rush and introduced mesquite grilling to America too. Uncover the oldest Chinatown in North America and the city’s first public square, Portland, where the first baseball games in this baseball-mad city were played. There’s also a potted history of the San Francisco Giants, the oldest pro sports franchise in San Francisco.

Oldest San Francisco touches on many of the tales you’d expect but also recounts some less-told stories. Discover Sicilian immigrant Babe Alioto’s garage, the oldest in town, which has gone from fixing Packards to Teslas and Books Inc., the longest bookstore, founded by a man who peddled books to the miners.

In Oldest San Francisco, join award-winning author Alec Scott on a journey to learn more about the tales you may be familiar with and discover those you may not.


San Francisco has long inspired writers, musicians, artists and other creative types to flock to The City by the Bay and relish in the fog, the food and the diverse culture. Many prolific American writers have called San Francisco home

From Alcatraz and the Tadich Grill to Gump’s department store and Portland Square in Chinatown, Oldest San Francisco tells the stories of the longtime institutions that have made San Francisco distinctive.

I fell in love with the city on my first visit, solo, in my mid-20s and was even interviewed for a job there, which I decided I didn’t want. I’ve been there four times, most recently in June 2022. It

With the pandemic lockdown fallout and crime spike resulting in so many legacy businesses closing in San Francisco, the newly released Oldest San Francisco gives readers an amazing look back at San Francisco and some of the oldest businesses and

Oakland based author, Alec Scott’s new book, Oldest San Francisco captures an array of fascinating stories of San Francisco’s oldest places, from institutions such as the San Francisco Art Institute, to the oldest chocolatier, hat maker and so much more.

The quirky odd history of our state. Authors Ruth Carlson and Alec Scott will stop by to discuss their books ahead of an appearance at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club on October 24th. Scott’s book is called Oldest San Francisco and

Alec Scott lives in Oakland. His book, Oldest San Francisco came out on October 1st.

Alec Scott: The travel writer and former lawyer, author of Oldest San Francisco, speaks with retired Books Inc. owner Michael Tucker about the history of Books Inc., the bookselling industry and the history of San Francisco. [7 p.m., Books Inc.,

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 in


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