Andrew Chamings on the infamous San Francisco truck stop riddled with bullet holes still standing today

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The Trocadero pavilion, San Francisco.

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The term Far West does not make me think of San Francisco. I imagine a hushed midday gunfight in some remote Arizona desert town, or bloody squabbles for gold in the Sierra foothills. But while researching the history of one of my favorite buildings in San Francisco, I discovered the brutal story of a three-month siege between a group of land grabbers and a resolute family of settlers. , in the heart of the young city.

Dynamite and muskets rang through the canyon for weeks, now the site of the Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove amphitheater. The farm’s defenders fired low “in the stomach, for it would take two men to carry them off”, until the intruders were defeated.

The family then decided to build a roadhouse on their land for San Francisco’s elite. The Trocadero Inn started out as a posh family resort, but quickly became a disreputable adult playground, where San Franciscans would go dancing, drinking, gambling and fighting into the night. A fleeing bear even appeared.

The roadhouse is still standing today, and if you look closely you can see bullet holes in the door frame from its glory days. Here is the wild history of the Auberge du Trocadéro.

–Andrew Chamings

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