Journey into San Francisco: The Castro

For my next travel journey, I will visit 10 San Francisco neighborhoods in 10 weeks.  After my extensive traveling around the world, I will spend some time discovering San Francisco. It will be a photo journey through the neighborhoods and will include a short commentary.

As a celebration of PRIDE (San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration and Parade) this weekend, June 25th and 26th, I will showcase the Castro neighborhood.

What do you think of when you hear “The Castro?”  Do you think of the vibrant people, food, or stores?  Or do you think of the rainbow flag?  Well, all those images are part of the Castro.  The Castro is one of the first and best-known gay neighborhoods. The main business district is located on Castro Street from Market Street to 19th Street. It also extends down Market toward Church Street and from Church Street to Eureka Street.

The History

The Castro was named after José Castro (1808–1860), a California leader of Mexican opposition to U.S. rule in California in the 19th century.  The Castro came of age as a gay center following the Summer of Love gathering in the neighboring Haight-Ashbury district in 1967. The gathering brought tens of thousands of middle-class youth from all over the United States.

By 1973, Harvey Milk, who would become the most famous resident of the neighborhood, opened a camera store, Castro Camera, and began political involvement as a gay activist, further contributing to the notion of the Castro as a gay destination.

One of the more notable features of the neighborhood is Castro Theatre, a movie palace built in 1922 and one of San Francisco’s premier movie houses.

**History obtained from Wikipedia.

The Photos






About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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