On this day in 1847, the city of San Francisco was officially named. Prior to that point, San Francisco had already been in use, but the town’s official name was Yerba Buena, based on the name in Spanish for an aromatic local herb. A few years later the gold rush transformed the sleepy port town on the pacific into a busy hub and laid the groundwork for the city we know today.
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