Origins of a Concept

Some time ago, I heard Gray Brechin, historical geographer and best-selling author, speak of a little known era in San Francisco’s early history. I was awe-struck. What a concept, that Victorian San Francisco was built on the riches of something called the Comstock Lode. I had always thought that the City by the Bay had been built on one long era called the Gold Rush. My historical world was rocked when I suddenly learned that the early San Francisco I knew–the city of Golden Gate Park and incredibly unique and ornate Victorian architecture–came from an era that was dominated by silver. Silver mines of the Comstock Lode. On top of that, the builders of San Francisco who dominated the Lode lived lives that rivaled those of the east coast Robber Barons. After hearing Gray speak, I felt that the story must be told. My goal in making this film is to share my fascination of this subject with others, and in the process to provide some insight into Western history beyond the Gold Rush.

Published in: on August 22, 2009 at 6:47 am  Leave a Comment  

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