Filbert Street Steps
At the Top of Telegraph Hill
We had hoped to go into the Coit Tower, to see its famous murals and the panoramic views from the top, but the renovation work was still going on. But an old man with a dog (who told us that he had come to San Francisco from Ireland 50 years ago) stopped to tell us some of the history. Apparently it was built after Roosevelt’s New Deal to provide employment for artists, and continued to be regarded as a monument to the working people. He said it had even been closed for a while because striking workers were using it as a place to send signals to their comrades down below!