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    Posted 11 years ago

    bayareamus…
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    There are 27 murals by Russian Anton Refregier in the Rincon Center in San Francisco--formerly a post office. They were commissioned as part of the New Deal in the '40s and they chronicle the history and founding of California.

    This mural number 12 as well as the entrance to the annex. The post office's description of the mural is below:

    12. Miners Panning Gold: "The California Gold Rush began in earnest after Samuel Brannan, a Mormon immigrant and founder of San Francisco's first newspaper, publicly displayed American River gold in San Francisco on May 12, 1848. President Polk's official announcement in Washington on December 5, 1848 set off a major emigration to California. The Gold Rush reached its height in 1852 when nearly 100,000 settler's populated the mining area."

    Now imagine if the football team were the '52ers, not the '49ers--wouldn't that be something?!

    Part of my trip to Rincon Center. For more on New Deal Post Office murals, check out this website: http://www.parmaconservation.com/newdealpostoffic.html

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