Near what is today the intersection of Gough and Greenwich streets, Washerwoman's Lagoon took its name from the pond popular for washing clothes. (via FoundSF)

#TBT: When Beer Town, Butchertown and Washerwoman's Lagoon Were SF Neighborhoods


San Francisco is kind of weird—it's just our thing, and has always been.

So looking back in history, it's little surprise that the city was once home to some very strangely named neighborhoods. Take a look back at some of the more eyebrow-raising locales.

Beer Town

(Courtesy of Western Neighborhoods Project)

Beer Town sounds like our kind of place. This five-block stretch of Fulton Street in the Inner Richmond was a hub for saloons and beer gardens, set up to service patrons of the Bay District Racing Track, in the 1870s. The area was also part of the 1894 Midwinter Fair.

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