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Washington Square, San Francisco
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Washington Square is a park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, California, and is one of the city’s first parks, established in 1847. A popular destination for visitors and locals alike, this lively urban oasis is bordered by sidewalk cafes and restaurants such as Mama's (restaurant) and the Liguria Bakery as well as the Sts. Peter and Paul Church. The Square is a natural community gathering place with a long and fascinating history, hosting festivals, free movie nights and other special events throughout the year.HistoryJasper O’FarrellWashington Square Park, now the heart of North Beach, has been many things over the years. Juana Briones grew potatoes and raised cattle here, before Jasper O’Farrell laid out San Francisco’s street grid in 1847, and designated this block a city square. Later, neglected by the city, it was used as an unofficial dump bordering a cemetery. Improvements came slowly, but by the 1860s, it was used for Fourth of July celebrations, and later the square hosted Columbus Day celebrations and Italian festivals.Originally, it was a complete rectangle, all the way to Powell Street. But in 1873-1875, the City built Columbus Avenue, then known as Montgomery, cutting through the Square. The avenue was built, evidently, because business and banking interests in the Financial District wanted greater interaction with North Beach, which was isolated, geographically, by the hills, the Barbary Coast, and Chinatown.Ben FranklinThe Base of the statue is a Temperance fountain donated in 1879 by Temperance crusader Henry D. Cogswell
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  • Small park located in the middle of little Italy and the Coit Tower. Tidbit have homeless in the Park in front of the Church and the picture would be so the atmosphere is bad so far. You may not bother going could totally do not feel dangerous.
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  • We happened to walk by the park on our way to Telegraph Hill. There was a group of (presumably) Chinese ladies practicing an exercise/dance with large fans which they snapped open and closed with prec...  more »
  • In this square you will find several monuments one is the Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul, is known as the Italian Cathedral. There is also a statue of Benjamín Franklin, which was buried a time capsule in 1979 which contains a poem, about Levis and a bottle of wine, which is planned there the year 2079, say it will be automatically? From the center of the square can make good pictures of the Church i the contornó bus N-39 brings you closer to the square and also rises to Coit Tower.
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