Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Legends of San Francisco   By: (1866-1946)

Book cover

In "The Legends of San Francisco", author George W. Caldwell takes readers on a captivating journey through the rich history and vibrant tales that have defined one of America's most iconic cities. Set against the backdrop of the ever-evolving San Francisco, Caldwell expertly weaves together a collection of stories that both entertain and educate, showcasing his deep understanding and love for the city.

From the moment I opened this book, I was immediately transported to the colorful and bustling streets of San Francisco. Caldwell's descriptive prose effortlessly draws readers in, painting vivid images of iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, while also delving into the lesser-known yet equally fascinating corners of the city. His attention to detail is commendable, making every scene come alive in the reader's mind.

One of the book's notable strengths is the way Caldwell seamlessly merges historical facts with imaginative storytelling. Each legend presented feels grounded in reality, thanks to the author's diligent research and commitment to accuracy. Whether it's the chilling tale of the mysterious Lady in White haunting the Presidio or the heartwarming story of a tenacious cable car operator's romance, Caldwell explores the multifaceted layers that make San Francisco a city of legends.

It is clear that Caldwell not only possesses extensive knowledge about San Francisco but also a genuine affection for its people and their stories. Throughout the book, he maintains a deep respect for the city's diverse communities, honoring their contributions and capturing their spirit in each narrative. From the mischievous spirits of Chinatown to the resilient artists of the Mission District, Caldwell celebrates the unique voices and cultures that have shaped San Francisco into the melting pot it is today.

"The Legends of San Francisco" is not only a delightful read but also serves as a valuable resource for anyone interested in the city's history. Caldwell provides ample context for each legend, grounding them firmly within the specific eras they emerged from. For those unfamiliar with San Francisco's past, this book will undoubtedly deepen their appreciation for the city's rich heritage.

If I were to offer any critique, it would be that the book occasionally meanders into unnecessary tangents, diverting attention from the core legends. While these tangents often contain intriguing information, they can at times disrupt the flow of the storytelling, making it feel disjointed. However, this minor flaw does not significantly hinder the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, "The Legends of San Francisco" is an engaging and well-crafted collection of stories that celebrate the mythical and historical aspects of one of America's most beloved cities. George W. Caldwell's passion for San Francisco shines through every page, infusing readers with a newfound appreciation for its legends and the city they call home. Whether you are a resident, a history enthusiast, or simply someone captivated by urban folklore, this book is a must-read.

First Page:


Other Books by the Same Author:

Legends of Southern California. Oriental Rambles. Rainbow Stories. The Wizzywab.

By George W. Caldwell, M. D.


My San Francisco on her seven hills is smiling, Beside an opalescent sunset sea; There is a magic in her bracing air beguiling, Yet filling all with tireless energy. The tingling tang of open sea the breeze is giving; The fog rolls in and drives heat languors out, And thrills her loyal subjects with the joy of living, And puts the love of idleness to rout.

When in the valleys, fervent summer heat oppresses, And gives no, respite night or day, There is a City that the cooling fog caresses, Upon the breezy San Francisco Bay. When winter rains and sun have wrought in fragrant flowers A multicolored carpet on the land, A charm is in her circling hills and redwood bowers That only those who see can understand.

She has a mystic charm in all the changing seasons A lure that brings the stranger to her door, And in these pages I will give the Indian's reasons For charms and lures, never told before... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books