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#TBT: Scandalous Moments and People in San Francisco History

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For this week's installment of #TBT, we focus on some of the obscure, shady, and downright criminal goings-on of the San Francisco yesteryear.

The Barbary Coast, for instance, was full of vice. Bootlegging and gambling were commonplace in speakeasies during Prohibition, and a slew of shocking crimes—before and since—have made spines tingle all across America.


4. The Madam Who Became Mayor

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From 1940 to 1949, Sally Stanford was the top madam in the city, running a bordello at 1144 Pine Street. Later, Stanford became a restaurateur, opening the Valhalla in Sausalito. At the age of 72, she was elected Sausalito's mayor.

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