You may have seen the bronze, compasslike Barbary Coast Trail plaques embedded in sidewalks around the city. Each shows a clipper ship, some old buildings, and a smiling hatted miner holding a pan of gold. Along with a book by Daniel Bacon, the trail's organizer, these plaques lead you along a historical tour of San Francisco's first boomtown era, when women leaned half-naked out of whorehouses on Maiden Lane and Chinese tongs fought turf battles on Waverly Place with hatchets. It's colorful and easy to follow. It's also the dominant local bully of San... More >>>