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CaptionIt was organized in 1854 when San Francisco was a frontier community far removed from anywhere by a small group of citizens as a center for adult technical education. For five years gold was the economic backbone of the town but the ore of the Sierra placers began to run out. Shipping and trade were in a state of decline and at one point one half of the city's population was unemployed. Residents looked to agriculture and manufacturing as a way of reviving the economy. The Institute organized initial interest in the industrial development of California and exerted a strong influence on the early life of San Francisco. At the time the United States was still an agricultural-based country and industry was in an early stage of development. No school system in the Bay Area had any provision for technical education necessary for economic resurgence. ____________ The Mechanics' Institute is a library and chess room located at 57 Post Street in San Francisco California. Established in 1855 at the conclusion of the California Gold Rush it contributed to the establishment of the University of California Berkeley. _______________ MECHANICS' INSTITUTE 57 Post Street map San Francisco CA 94104 Library: 415 393-0101 Membership: 415 393-0105 ______________ Uploaded on July 29 2006 by roger jones to http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogerjones/201311511/in/pool-sanfrangone/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en-us
HeadlineFibonacci downtown at the oldest library on the West Coast
Keywordssacred-spiral
Copyright Noticemilibrary.org/ by roger jones
Byline (Photographer)roger jones
URLhttp://www.milibrary.org/

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