Nineteenth Century views from “Nabob” Hill (Thumbnail images)

The origin of the word nabob come from the early 17th Century and refers to individuals who returned to England from India after acquiring a fortune from there. In San Francisco, the word had a slightly derogatory usage referring to the “snobbish” upper class citizens living in opulence up on “Nabob” Hill. By the mid … Read more Nineteenth Century views from “Nabob” Hill (Thumbnail images)

Telegraph Hill – Part 20 (Or maybe Part 30, I can’t remember how many posts I’ve done up there)

I thought I was through posting updates for 2017, but I headed up to Telegraph Hill on Christmas Eve. I had a feeling the crowds were going to be light and I wasn’t wrong. It was picture peaceful up there, and I felt like I could have stayed up there all day. So…… I stayed … Read more Telegraph Hill – Part 20 (Or maybe Part 30, I can’t remember how many posts I’ve done up there)

“The Hill of Golden Promise” (For the Roxanne Cafe)

Elizabeth Gray Potter writes in her 1939 book ‘The San Francisco Skyline’ that early pioneers referred to Nob Hill as “The hill of golden promise”. In the late Nineteenth Century the railroad and mining barons build their mansions on the crest of Nob Hill. Opulence in the extreme, but almost all of their palaces were … Read more “The Hill of Golden Promise” (For the Roxanne Cafe)

A windy walk down “Nabob” Hill

http://opensfhistory.org/Display/wnp25.1343.jpg Nob Hill got its name from the word “nabob” that originated from the country of India meaning a person of wealth, power, and influence. This was where the railroad tycoons of the Nineteenth Century built their mansions. Nabob is not a common word used in the New Millennium. We’ll start at California and Jones  … Read more A windy walk down “Nabob” Hill