eureka valley

The boom in housing in this area began in 1887 following the opening of the Market Street Cable Railway.

The Castro Street line had some of the steepest grades of any cable line with an 18.4 percent grade between Twenty-second and Twenty-third streets (near top of picture).

Eureka is the Greek word for "I found it!", adopted in 1850 as California's motto.

Lower and middle class families then flocked into this sunny valley. Although primarily the working class, The workers were well-paid then and comfortable houses emerged. German and Scandanavians, then Irish American families folded in.

Castro Theater Facade Detail
Castro Street under major renovation, April 2014

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The Castro Theater, Landmark 100, Architect Timothy Pflueger, 1922

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