Castro District: 2013 Portal Destination of Gay Pride

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.

 Castro District San Francisco Graphics 2013

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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Haight-Ashbury, A Tourists Dream Of Submersion in 1960s Culture

Haight-Ashbury is a location in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco is a place in Northern California near coastal shores and abundant metropolitan cities. San Francisco by itself is a large cornerstone city of California. Established in the Gold rush years, San Francisco is still growing and has never seen its hay-day as of this date.

San Francisco Haight-Ashbury photo 2013

Haight-Ashbury is a district located near Golden Gate Park. Stanyon Street and the Golden Gate Park border Haight-Ashbury on the western side of the district. Baker Street and the beautiful park Buena Vista are awaiting a visit to the East of the district. Towards the South side of the district is the neighbourhoods of the infamous Cole Valley noted for its cheap 1960s style of housing that was sought by most individuals that wanted a cheap affordable place to call home.

Haight-Ashbury street names get there names derived from early settlers of the late 1870s. Henry Haight and Mr. Munroe Ashbury gave these streets there popular cultured names. The neighbourhood was primary designed by Mr. Ashbury and his then aspiring Nephew. A lower level of the neighbourhood was called Lower Height and the elevated neighbourhood was glamorized as Upper Height. Upper Height was primarily were Hippies and the Bohemian movement became popularized in the 1960s. Japanese and African American culture dominated the Lower Height district.

As its call to fame the Haight-Ashbury district finds its roots and glamour from the Hippie movement and culture. Still to this day Haight-Ashbury is popularized by its standing among unique places to visit and rich culture experience. Some of the greatest Rock Stars of all time found their beginning in Haight-Ashbury. Stars like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Jimmy Hendrix, all these rock and Rock musicians knew the district of Haight-Ashbury. Most of these musicians lived worked and had friends that still reside in the Haight-Ashbury district.

Counter-culture is in unison of the name,”Haight-Ashbury”. American culture was taking a very different line from were it currently is now. In the summer of 1967 Haight-Ashbury found itself infiltrated with Hippies. Hippies were a culture of individuals that listened to the new Psychedelic Music of the age. Messages were said to be in some of these songs. Subliminal messages were always being listened for by the practicing Hippie. Hippies believed in the concepts of world peace and brotherly love for all people who wished and embraced its ideas. War was an evil concept that most Hippies protested and wanted nothing to do with at all. Hippies wanted one thing,” Put peace back into the World”.

Haight-Ashbury location  San Francisco

As a tourist destination the sights are many and the culture exposure can be awesome. Along its many streets the Haight-Ashbury district is graced with retro shops offering a trip back in time to the land of the Hippie and Bohemian. Head Shops and bead shops flank the store fronts. Restaurants with Hippie décor make a visit feel like a trip back into the time when the Summer of Love of 1967 was at its full swing. The Summer of love has came and gone but the Haight-Ashbury district will bring back a vision for the most sceptical tourist of what it really was like in the Sixties.

When experiencing the Haight-Ashbury district it is important to keep in mind that the whole focus of the district is about a time when Psychedelic Music, Marijuana, Free Love, and alternate lifestyles were learning to be excepted, and most importantly, not judged. Culture differences and ideas were radically different. The tourist will enjoy every moment spent in the district of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Still to this day there are individuals practicing and living the Hippie way of life. Some of these individuals will be happy to share with the avid interested tourist a way of life long gone.

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