Divisadero Water History—a Thinkwalk
May 21, 2013 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tick Tock Backdrop
850 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
You decide $10 to $40 sliding scale
Joel at Thinkwalks

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!)

The 1857-59 map shows what was probably an orchard entirely filling the low spot that must have been the lake. The vertical white bars indicate the line of Divisadero Street.

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 take you on a short walk to explore how the city came to be what it is, based on this little-studied neighborhood, once nicknamed “San Souci Valley.” That means Carefree Valley, almost. (Misspellings are a big part of local history!)

Learn about water that was here in the absorbant dunes. Fathom the extreme boomtown mentality that made this area a loony (but profitable) area to develop.

As always with Thinkwalks, you decide what to pay at the end of this short, richly narrated walk. Dress warmly, as it is generally 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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