The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld - Herbert Asbury

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The history of the Barbary Coast properly begins with the gold rush to California in 1849. If the precious yellow metal hadnt been discovered ... the development of San Franciscos underworld in all likelihood would have been indistinguishable from that of any other large American city. Instead, owing almost entirely to the influx of gold-seekers and the horde of gamblers

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