by Joel Pomerantz
How Many Lakes were on Divisadero? (And when?) How do those water-loving willow trees on Alamo Square quench their thirst? (It’s not the dog pee!)
Topics covered on this walk: Yelamu Indian trail, history of Divisadero Street, earliest development in the neighborhood, evidence for and against lakes along the street, geology of SF.
Joel Pomerantz of Thinkwalks will give you an award-winning and thorough view of how the city came to be what it is, based on this little-studied neighborhood, once nicknamed “San Souci Valley” which means Carefree Valley, almost. (Misspellings are a big part of local history!) Grow your insights into the extreme conditions after the great 1906 Earthquake. Fathom the extreme boomtown mentality that made this area a crazy (but profitable) place to speculate in both the silver boom and again in the lunacy of today.
As always with Thinkwalks, you decide what to pay at the end of this short, richly narrated walk. Dress warmly, as it is sure to be very windy and the walk isn’t much warming exercise. In fact, we do a lot of hanging around talking, due to your extremely insightful questions and nerdy thoughts! Dress. Warmly.
If you can’t make it, call Thinkwalks at 415-505-8255 and request a Group Tour on a date that works for you!
RSVP required. Maximum 15 people. Feel free to call if you have questions. Thanks!
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