The City That Was - A Requiem Of Old San Francisco By Will Irwin





































































































































 -  Across the bay to the north lies Mount
Tamalpais, about 3,000 feet high, and so close that ferries from - Page 2
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Across The Bay To The North Lies Mount Tamalpais, About 3,000 Feet High, And So Close That Ferries From The Waterfront Take One In Less Than Half An Hour To The Little Towns Of Sausalito And Belvidere, At Its Foot.

Tamalpais is a wooded mountain, with ample slopes, and from it on the north stretch away ridges of forest land, the outposts of the great Northern woods of Sequoia sempervirens.

This mountain and the mountainous country to the south bring the real forest closer to San Francisco than to any other American city. Within the last few years men have killed deer on the slopes of Tamalpais and looked down to see the cable cars crawling up the hills of San Francisco to the south. In the suburbs coyotes still stole in and robbed hen roosts by night. The people lived much out of doors. There is no time of the year, except a short part of the rainy season, when the weather keeps one from the fields. The slopes of Tamalpais are crowded with little villas dotted through the woods, and these minor estates run far up into the redwood country. The deep coves of Belvidere, sheltered by the wind from Tamalpais, held a colony of "arks" or houseboats, where people lived in the rather disagreeable summer months, coming over to business every day by ferry. Everything there invites out of doors.

The climate of California is peculiar; it is hard to give an impression of it. In the region about San Francisco, all the forces of nature work on their own laws.

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