Part of what gives San Francisco its, um, charm is its vibrant history of colorful characters. The city has survived multiple earthquakes in addition to plenty of cultural and political upheavals. (Merchant ships are buried beneath the streets!) From its beginning, our enticing Baghdad by the Bay has attracted free spirits and entrepreneurs alike, perhaps no more so than during the Gold Rush. And sure the 49ers were full of pluck and determination, but what of the women who came to San Francisco to seek their fortunes? Yes, we're talking about the city's original sex workers, the prostitutes who plied their trade at a time when men outnumbered women in the city 50 to 1. (That bears repeating: Men... More >>>