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April 30, 2016

Why is Alamo Square named after a cottonwood tree?

April 30, 2016

Why is Alamo Square named after a cottonwood tree?

Our story from last month highlighting the history behind San Francisco neighborhood names was a hit with readers, and we decided to take a deeper dive and add to our list.

Did you know Ingleside Terrace is named after a race track that was once located in this neighborhood? Urbano Drive circling this residential area was paved over the former track.

And did you know Alamo Square gets its name from a cottonwood tree that marked a watering hole where travelers stopped on the horseback trail from Mission Dolores to the Presidio in the 1800s?

For a city of only 49 square miles, San Francisco is packed with myriad neighborhoods. While Wikipedia puts the number at 40, locals would tell you there are at least a dozen more, from Lincoln Park to Bayview Heights.

Many of these enclaves have curious names and above we tell the stories behind their monikers.

Source : sfgate.com