City By The Bay

Locations:  San Francisco
Photographers: Shelly Beck and Kacy Beck
September 2018

Fun Facts

The Golden Gate Bridge is a one-mile-wide suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate - connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World. Taking a little more than four years to build, the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, becoming both the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world.

• Alcatraz Island was built with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963. Alcatraz is now home to an abandoned prison, the oldest operating lighthouse, and a massive seabird colony. During it's 29 years as a jail, Alcatraz held some of the most notorious criminals in American history - Al Capone, the "Birdman of Alcatraz" - Robert Franklin Stroud, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis who served more time at Alcatraz than any other inmate.
• Lombard Street is known for the one-way block on Russian Hill, between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street. They are eight sharp turns, or switchbacks, that were built to increase the safety of the street as the natural steep grade was originally thought to be too dangerous. Thus making Lombard Street the most crooked street in the world.

• Kacy and I attended the performance of Aaron Tveit  at The Marine's Memorial Theatre. Aaron has starred on Broadway in Rent, Next To Normal, Catch Me If You Can, Wicked, and Moulin Rouge The Musical. Aaron also guest starred on Gossip Girl and Graceland. We were fortunate to get to meet Aaron before his concert.