San Francisco is a town filled with people who are in love with the idea of San Francisco. There are also many people from outside San Francisco who are also in love with the idea of San Francisco. As such, we have a well-developed nostalgia industry and San Francisco's history is very well-documented.
But if you want to get started learning about SF history, here are some places where you can start exploring...
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_San_Francisco - lots and lots on Wikipedia
- http://shapingsf.org/ - wiki with loads of very in-depth historical materials
- http://www.sfhistoryencyclopedia.com - a project of the SF Museum and Historical Society.
- A list of places to visit and books to read
IRL (In Real Life)
Here on LocalWiki: