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.

Happy Valley

(via FoundSF)

Now this place sounds fun. Happy Valley, in what is now SoMa around First and Mission streets, was named in 1849 by Gold Rush hopefuls who lived there in tents, hopped up on the magical promise of striking gold.

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