5 Surprising Facts About San Francisco


San Francisco is California’s fourth most populous city and home to many iconic structures like the Golden Gate Bridge. While you may think you know some San Francisco facts, keep reading these interesting tidbits about the Golden City to learn more!

5 San Francisco Facts

    1. The last paid concert that the Beatles ever played was at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. (source) Candlestick Park, which was the home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants at the time, was the last stop of the Beatles’ 1966 tour and the last paid concert the band played. Coincidentally, the last concert ever performed at the stadium was by Paul McCartney in 2014 before it was demolished in 2015.
    1. The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco. (source) The document, which established the structure and framework of the United Nations, was signed in the city in 1945 by 50 of the 51 original countries that agreed to form an international organization following World War II.
    1. San Francisco has the worst roads in the United States. (source) Based on data from TRIP, a nonprofit dedicated to transportation, 71% of San Francisco’s roads were rated to be in “poor” condition.
    1. It took more than 4 years to build the Golden Gate Bridge. (source) It took 1,604 days to build the Golden Gate Bridge. It started construction in 1933 and opened to the public in 1937.
    1. Fortune cookies were invented in San Francisco. (source) It is believed that the fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese man named Makoto Hagiwara in San Francisco in 1914.

How many of these facts about San Francisco did you know?

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