By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 25, 2020) – In Issue 13 of Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps feature, he teaches us the “City By The Bay” was first named after a herb. Read on:

Steve Kovacs, Loveland resident and antique map collector (Provided)

What is in a Name?  Is it Yerba Buena or San Francisco?

The first homestead by a Westerner in what we know today as San Francisco was established on June 25, 1835.  It was named Yerba Buena after a common local herb.  The next decade was a busy and defining period for the settlement.  Its population slowly grew to about 500 by 1846. 

It was renamed, somewhat arbitrarily, to San Francisco in 1847, after the nearby Presidio, which was erected in 1776 by the Spanish.   San Francisco became part of the US in the following year, after the Mexican – American War.  The big whammy was the discovery of gold nearby in 1848.  The population mushroomed to 25,000 by 1849.   The rest is history. 

This 1878 view of San Francisco by Currier & Ives shows a large city with a busy port. 

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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San Francisco – 1878: A Busy Port (Credit Steve Kovacs)