Castro Street in San Francisco, California is what is considered the main battlefront ground for the alternate lifestyle individual.
Many modern activists supporting gay rights and gay culture has launched from this prominent battlefront. Castro Street was originally called Castro Street because Jose Castro a politician and activist bolstered the movement to oppose Mexican opposition to the United States governing of California around the 19th century time period.
The Castro district we know in these modern ages was created from the Market Street Railway Company that embarked on the quest of building the railway and creating a line of track from Eureka Valley to what is known as down town San Francisco today.
1906 was a year that brought a lot of destruction to San Francisco. The great earthquake was a disaster that nearly destroyed San Francisco and its cultured neighbourhoods. The mansion of Alfred E. Clark survived the natural disaster and today the mansion is located on the corner of Caseli Ave and Douglas. The mansion is now called the Caselli Mansion. The mansion is well worth a tour to experience rich exposure to Scandinavian craftsmanship.
Originally known as, “Little Scandinavia” the Castro District was saturated with predominantly Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish decedents. Scandinavian architecture can be viewed all over the city near Market Street, Cove Street, and 15th Street. Church Street in the Castro District has some of the finest Scandinavian Architecture to be seen. Roof timbers still grace the buildings and are viewable to the general tourist from a glance.
Originally Gay servicemen were dishonourably discharged in World War 2 for being practicing homosexuals. Those same men were offloaded and began the building of the gay culture and alternate lifestyle acceptance in modern Castro District. The Castro district is now primarily known for its wonderful acceptance of alternate lifestyle cultures. Acceptance can be found in and among its many residence for those who feel that they have no place to flourish and practice their lifestyle choices.
Harvey Milk in 1973 opened a camera store in Castro District. The camera store fast become a gay activist headquarters lead by no other than Harvey Milk. Harvey Milks Camera store is still there and now is a favourite tourist attraction for those who wish to see this pioneer headquarters from the past. The tour and visit is sure to open new ideas and new acceptance of what was a major factor in helping gays around the world find love and acceptance.
The Castro District of today is full of many different stores that show off the art that San Francisco culture is well noted. Stores that have blown glass and beautiful artisan crafted glassware offer the curios tourist the glimpse of fine art desired by most. Culture and activities seem to govern the atmosphere in this district. There is never a dull moment for the tourist that wished=s to see some debating supporting the gay activist culture. Politically the movement is always present in the Castro district of San Francisco.
Life as most know is quite different when an individual wakes to the smell of the fresh seafood and smells of the water front rolling up the Avenue while staying as a tourist in the Castro District. A short hop away from the Castro district and the trolley car can arrive the interested tourist at a destination called Market Street. Market Street will give a tourist the taste of the freshest sea food money can buy. Seafood of every variety and every prepared way is available to taste. Tourist will find this destination full of fun and sparked full of new ideas for other destinations.
– Guest writer: Eric Palad from San Francisco 1971/Journalist
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